Photo of the wind ensemble during concertThe Elon University Wind Ensemble is a contemporary wind ensemble focused on the performance of a wide variety of established and newly composed repertoire at the highest level possible. The band rehearses just once a week in the fall and spring, allowing you enough time to participate in the ensemble and still have time to explore other musical experiences or take advantage of other opportunities that Elon offers.

Registration to join the wind ensemble is open to any student at Elon University with experience playing a wind or percussion instrument. There are no auditions to join the ensemble if you meet the experience requirement; however, small part placement auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. Sign-up sheets for these placement auditions will be posted outside the band room (CFA 164) one week before school begins. If you have any questions about the Elon Wind Ensemble, feel free to email Dr. Poquette at


MUS 1010A: Wind Ensemble Fall & Spring Semester Schedules

  • Fall Semester: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30 P.M. – 4:10 P.M.
  • Spring Semester: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00 P.M. – 5:40 P.M.

Concert Schedule

  • March 19. 2024, Concert at Western Alamance High School: Time – 7:00 P.M.
  • May 8, 2024, Concert in McCrary Theatre at 7:30 P.M.

Audition Materials

Wind Ensemble has a part placement audition that takes place at the beginning of each semester. A link is provided below for Spring 2024 audition materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the Phoenix Winds?

Any student at Elon University with previous experience playing a wind or percussion instrument is eligible to participate in the Phoenix Winds.

Do I have to be a music major to join?

No, all students regardless of major are welcome! The band has members representing a wide variety of majors.

Do I have to audition to join?

No. There is no audition to join, however there is a part placement audition at the first rehearsal.

Will I have time to be in the Phoenix Winds?

Absolutely! The Phoenix Winds meet twice a week (Tuesday/Thursday from 2:20-4:00 in the fall and M/W from 4:00-5:40 in the spring). The low time commitment allows you to continue to play great music, but also have time to participate in marching band or other musical ensembles, as well as take advantage of the other academic, service, and social experiences that Elon offers!

What kind of music does the Phoenix Winds play?

The Phoenix Winds is a contemporary wind band that performs a wide variety of music including the classic and traditional repertoire for winds as well as modern, avant-garde wind repertoire, and everything in between.

Why should I join the Phoenix Winds?

There are many reasons to join the Phoenix Winds including: continuing your musical education and getting to participate in a great ensemble experience, having the opportunity to perform creative programs with a variety of exceptional, high-quality works, taking part in unique opportunities such as recording and performing world premieres of new music commissioned specifically for the Phoenix Winds, performing with spectacular guest artists, working directly with composers, and collaborating on special performances with other artistic genres such as dance and visual art! The reasons are endless!

What do I have to do to join?

What if I have 18 credits already?

The music department will waive all fees associated with overload credits. To be eligible, you should block off your schedule for this class, come to the first rehearsal, the director will take your name and submit it to the Dean’s office. You will be added once the add/drop period has completed.