Eastman Wind Ensemble

Milestones in Wind Ensemble History

The Eastman Wind Ensemble1950s · 1960s · 1970s · 1980s · 1990s · 2000s

Feb. 8, 1953

First concert in Kilbourn Hall of Eastman Wind Ensemble, founded by Frederick Fennell in Fall, 1952


First of 24 recordings on the Mercury label released: American Concert Band Masterpieces


Performance at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall for the Biennial Conference of CBDNA



Performance at 17th Biennial Conference of MENC in Atlantic City

Premiere concert of the Cutler Union Chamber Music Series


Carnegie Hall debut


A. Clyde Roller appointed conductor


Performances at the Contemporary Music Festival, Ithaca, NY


Donald Hunsberger appointed conductor

First concert in a series for the Rochester Association for the United Nations


Cross-country tour culminating with performances at the MENC Conference in Seattle, WA



Gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Eastman School

EWE hosts Third National Wind Ensemble Conference at ESM

Karel Husa guest conducts his work Concerto for Percussion in the Eastman Theatre


Debut concerts of the Eastman Wind Orchestra and PRISM


25th anniversary of the EWE; celebration honors the original Wind Ensemble and Dr. Frederick Fennell


First international tour: three week tour of Japan (sponsored by Kambara Arts Agency), followed by U.S. State Department Tour of Southeast Asia (25 concert appearances) 

Debut performance at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City 

Final recording on the Mercury label: Hanson, Schwantner, Copland



First EWE Symposium, sponsored by the Hanson Institute for American Music


Recording of Carnaval album with Wynton Marsalis, later nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987


East Coast and Canada tour, with Wynton Marsalis, including a second appearance in Carnegie Hall



First of six tours to Japan and the Far East, sponsored by Sony Music Foundation and Eastman Kodak Japan


40th anniversary of the EWE

Second biennial concert tour of Japan, featuring Alan Vizzutti (EWE ’71-74), trumpet soloist


Third biennial concert tour of Japan, featuring Kenneth Grant (Faculty and EWE ’70-73), clarinet soloist


EWE receives the Crystal Award of Symphony Hall, Osaka. (The Boston Symphony wins the companion award)


Fourth biennial concert tour of Japan, featuring Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer, trumpet soloists


Fifth biennial concert tour of Japan, featuring Lila Gaeling (ESM ’96), piano soloist



Sixth biennial concert tour of Japan, featuring Makato Ozone, piano soloist, and Nobuya Sugawa, alto saxophone soloist

Tour to the International MidWest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Chicago; Donald Hunsberger awarded the MidWest Medal of Honor


50th anniversary of the EWE, release of multi-CD set on Warner Brothers label

Feb. 8, 2002

50th Anniversary Gala concert; EWE presents world premiere of Bernard Rands’ Unending Lightning

July, 2002

Mark Scatterday is appointed as 4th conductor of the ensemble

May, 2004

The EWE returns to Japan, as well as concerts in Taiwan and Macau, under Scatterday’s direction. The ensemble also records a CD of concertos by Dana Wilson, Eric Ewazen and Jacques Hetu with trumpet soloist James Thompson

February, 2005

Scatterday leads the ensemble and guest soloist trombonist Mark Kellogg in a concert at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall as part of the CBDNA National Conference featuring music by Karel Husa, Roberto Sierra, David Maslanka and Jeff Tyzik.

February 8, 2006

The EWE celebrates the life of founder Frederick Fennell in a re-creation concert featuring the music that the EWE and Fennell performed on their first concert, exactly 53 years from the 1953 date in Kilbourn Hall — Mozart: Serenade in B-flat, Riegger: Nonet for brass and Hindemith: Symphony in B-flat.

June, 2006

The EWE and Scatterday release their first commercial recording together with James Thompson, trumpet soloist. Produced by Summit Records, the CD Danzante contains trumpet concerti and works by Jacques Hetu, Dana Wilson, Eric Ewazen, Louis Stewart and Michel Colombier.

October 2007

The first annual Frederick Fennell Conducting Masterclass takes place at Eastman in October, featuring legendary conductors Donald Hunsberger and Frank Battisti performing and teaching Fennell’s first EWE concert repertoire from 1952.


The Eastman Wind Ensemble records a CD with the Canadian Brass entitled Manhattan Music featuring music by Bernstein, Tovey, Tyzik and Wright.

Scatterday and Hunsberger lead the EWE in a celebrated concert at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago featuring percussionist Michael Burritt and music by Sierra, Debussy, Andrea Gabrieli, Jeff Tyzik and Maslanka.


The EWE releases the first recording made in the new Eastman Wing — Stravinsky Octet and L’Histoire with Eastman students and their teachers.


Sierras Live CD recorded in the Eastman Theater.


Bela Fleck performs his music with the EWE in the Eastman theater.

The Eastman Wind Ensemble Harmonie tours Europe, performing in Salzburg, Vienna, Pilsen, Bratislava, Prague, Bayreuth, and Wurzburg.


A recording of Jeff Tyzik’s music written for the EWE is released featuring Michael Burritt and Chip Ross.


The Eastman Wind Ensemble performs at the home of the Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall.