The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a group of 50 of the university's most qualified musicians, directed by Dr. Angela Schroeder. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs the most serious and challenging wind band music available. With essentially one player to a part, the repertoire is largely music that was originally conceived for the wind band. Recognized in national festivals and internationally, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs four concerts a year and several performances away from the campus and for special events. In addition, they hold an annual Concerto Competition, offering students the opportunity to perform a solo concerto with the Wind Ensemble.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble also hosts the Alberta High School Honour Band each spring, inviting students from across the province to come to campus to work with members of the Wind Ensemble as well as our applied instrumental faculty. In the spring of 2008, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble recorded their first CD, Reminiscence, which was released in the winter of 2009.