University Wind Ensemble

Under the direction of Dr. Ron Gerhardstein


The Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble is comprised of some of the best performers of wind and percussion instruments at the University and is recognized as one of the finest groups of its kind in the entire Northwest. Following the philosophy of a player pool, adopting flexible instrumentation according to the composer’s intention, the full ensemble of approximately 50 players is soloistic and technically stunning performing chamber music, selected transcriptions, concerti and original full ensemble repertoire spanning five centuries. The Wind Ensemble is committed to championing new music and has performed numerous world premiers each year.

The ensemble performs four concerts on campus per season as well as appearing regularly at local schools, national conferences, festivals and special events.

Recent highlights have included critically acclaimed performances at the College Band Directors Association Conference, the Western International Band Clinic, the National Association for Music Educators Northwest Conference, and our state WMEA conference in Yakima. Recent international tours have included Spain, Portugal, Australia, and China.