Our Mission

The Princeton University Wind Ensemble seeks to provide a place where university members can continue to challenge themselves to higher levels of repertoire, learn from their peers and conductor, and pursue their passion and enjoyment of music while on campus.


Upcoming Events

September 21st - First rehearsal of the season

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Princeton University Wind Ensemble Fall 2013

Founded in the spring of 1997 by sophomore Rick Modica '99, the Princeton University Wind Ensemble performs both traditional and modern concert band literature.  Past programs have included works by a wide variety of composers, from Sousa to Bernstein to Grainger to Persichetti to Shostakovich to Williams.  We welcome all woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists and encourage any undergraduate or graduate musicians interested in joining the ensemble to contact us.

This season, PUWE is proud to welcome back lifetime musician and Philadelphia Pops trumpeter, Robert Gravener, to the conductor's podium! The wind ensemble rehearses on Sundays and Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 PM in McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center. For more information or if you have any questions, please click "Contact Us" at the top right of this page.

Fall 2014 Auditions

We are always looking for new members! The ensemble is open to all undergraduates and graduate students, and Fall auditions (for seating only) will occur in the second week of classes. Refer to the auditions page for audition information and materials.


Upcoming Concerts

Winter Concert
Monday, December 8th
Richardson Auditorium


Recent Concerts

"Concert Under the Stars"
9:30 PM on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Frist Lawns
"The Winds of Spring"

7:30 PM on Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander

Get excited for two Wind Ensemble concerts to celebrate Spring and mark the end of another amazing year!

Join us for our free outdoor "Concert Under the Stars" on the Frist Lawns and hear some of your favorite themes from film and TV scores such as "The Incredibles" and "Downton Abbey", to medleys of music by the Beatles and Louis Armstrong, to wind ensemble classics such as Gustav Holst's "Second Suite" and Alfred Reed's "The Hounds of Spring". We will be featuring our student conductor Luke Paulsen as well. There will be free food and great music for a wonderful night!

Then come celebrate with us at "The Winds of Spring" concert, which marks the culmination of another great year of musical exploration at the Princeton University Wind Ensemble. We will be playing a wide variety of pieces from John Barnes Chances' "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" to Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy, as well as reprising some of the popular tunes from Concert Under the Stars.

There will be a reception after the concert with free food! Tickets are available at Frist or at the door and are Passport to the Arts eligible.


"Songs of Ice & Fire: A Holiday Concert"
7:30 PM on Monday, December 9th, 2013
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Come celebrate the season with the Princeton University Wind Ensemble! We're performing a wonderful selection of music, featuring Alfred Reed's "Russian Christmas Music", Malcolm Arnold's "Scottish Dances", and Steven Reineke's "Goddess of Fire". Also enjoy music from well-known moves, such as "How to Train Your Dragon", and holiday carols as you've never seen them before.

There will be free refreshments served at the post-concert reception!

Tickets are on sale at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.
$10 General; $5 Children 12 and Under;
$6 Student ("Passport to the Arts" eligible)
[Click Here For Online Ticketing Information]


Alumni Newsletter!

We've published our first alumni newsletter. Check it out under the "About" menu above or see it here.



PUWE will be on campus during reunions, with our traditional alumni concert Friday afternoon. Alumni, feel free to bring your instrument and play along! The Wind Ensemble is also available for lunch of dinner gigs; please email us for more information.


"The Ninth Wave"

Click here to watch the world premiere of "The Ninth Wave" an original composition by Nicholas DiBerardino '11. Performed by PUWE on May 6, 2010 in Richardson Auditorium.