WIND ENSEMBLE

Course Description

Wind Ensemble is an advanced performance-based course for woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists. The course focuses on refinement of ensemble skills toward the collegiate level, mastery of music reading skills, and strengthening fundamentals through the study and performance of wind band literature ranging from the core repertoire to new works from contemporary composers. Limited instrumentation requires an audition for ensemble membership. Offsite performances, workshops, and sectionals are required of all members.

About the Band

Founded in 1959 by John Overholtzer, the Wind Ensemble has established itself as the premiere performing ensemble at El Cerrito High School. Throughout its 60-year history, the El Cerrito Wind Ensemble has received superior ratings at local and state festivals and been recognized as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top high school wind bands. The band has made regular appearances at the California Music Educator’s Association (CMEA) State Band and Orchestra Festival and has performed in venues in cities across the country including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Vancouver. Notable performances include Carnegie Hall in New York City (2015), Chicago’s Symphony Hall (2017), and the 2018 California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) in San Jose where the group was selected as a featured performing ensemble.

 

Recent Awards and Notable Performances

2017-18:

  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Band & Orchestra Festival
  • Performance at the 2018 California All-State Music Education Conference

2016-17:

  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA State Band & Orchestra Festival
  • Gold Award; Chicago International Music Festival
  • Performance at Chicago Symphony Hall
  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Band & Orchestra Festival

2015-16:

  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Band & Orchestra Festival
  • 1st Place; Anaheim Heritage Festival
  • Gold Award; Anaheim Heritage Festival
  • Adjudicator’s Award; Anaheim Heritage Festival

2014-15:

  • Performance at Carnegie Hall, NYC
  • Superior Award; CMEA State Band & Orchestra Festival
  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Band & Orchestra Festival

2013-14:

  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA State Band & Orchestra Festival
  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Band & Orchestra Festival

2012-13:

  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Band & Orchestra Festival

2011-12:

  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Band & Orchestra Festival
  • Sweepstakes Award; Vancouver Heritage Festival

2010-11:

  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Band & Orchestra Festival