The Ouachita Wind Ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of outstanding wind and percussion literature. Since it’s beginning in the late 90’s the 40+ member ensemble has performed at state, regional and national meetings; toured throughout the United States and Europe; and recorded numerous CDs.
Ouachita Wind Ensemble has performed for the Christian Instrumental Directors National meeting, the Arkansas Music Educators Association state meeting, the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands, and the international meeting of the International Mission Board.
The Ouachita Wind Ensemble performs in regional tours ever year and every three to four years performs in international tours (1996 – Hawaii; 2000 – Italy, German, Austria, and the Czech Republic; 2004 – Austria and Germany; 2007 – Spain and Portugal).
Membership in the Ouachita Wind Ensemble is open to all wind and percussion performers of Ouachita Baptist University through an audition. The ensemble is auditioned each semester. Fall auditions are held the week of registration. Spring auditions are held in November before the Spring semester. The Ouachita Wind Ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:20 in the Fall and Monday and Wednesday 4:00-6:00 in the Spring. Members of the Wind Ensemble receive one-half hour of academic credit.
For more information about the Ouachita Wind Ensemble please contact Dr. Craig Hamilton.
In 1998 the Ouachita Wind Ensemble began a recording project with Mark Custom Recording.www.markcustom.com The project features band and wind ensemble literature which uses hymn tunes or has a sacred connotation.
Recordings are available by contacting the band office at (870) 245-5137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winds of Praise
Ouachita Baptist University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble - Dr. Craig V. Hamilton, conductor
Released in 1998
- Fanfare Prelude on the Italian Hymn - James Curnow
- A Childhood Hymn - David Holsinger
- Grace Preludium - W. Francis McBeth
- Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision - Jack Stamp
- Llwyn Onn - Brain Hogg
- On an American Spiritual - David Holsinger
- Amazing Grace - Frank Ticheli
- Chorale Prelude: God of Our Fathers - Claude T. Smith
- Sanctus, from German Mass in F - Franz Schubert, trans. by James Curnow
- Assurance - John Ness Beck, arr. by Andy Clark
- On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss - David Holsinger
- Messianic Kingdom, from Apocalyptic Dreams - David R. Gillingham
Be Thou My Vision
- Festive Variations on "Lasst uns Erfreuen" - Thomas Root
- Chorale Prelude: For the Beauty of the Earth - Don Colquitt
- Let us Break Bread Together - Thomas Root (Doug Lockard - Trumpet)
- Blessed Are They - Johannes Brahms, scored by Barbara Buehlman
- Were You There - Fred J. Allen
- Chorale and Shaker Dance - John Zdechlik
- Salvation is Created - Pavel Tchesnokoff, arr. Bruce H. Houseknecht
- In the Bleak Midwinter - Gustav Holst, arr. Robert W. Smith
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night - Elliot Del Borgo
- Be Thou My Vision - David R. Gillingham
- God of Our Fathers - Thomas Knox
And Can It Be
- Psalm 46 - John Zdechlik
- Watchman, Tell Us of the Night - Mark Camphouse
- Held Still in Quick of Grace - Jack Stamp
- A Million Suns at Midnight - Steven Bryant (OBU Alumnus)
- And Can It Be - David R. Gillingham
- 1-6. Variants on a Mediaeval Tune - Norman Dello Joio
- 7. Spiritual from Symphony No. 5 1/2 - Don Gillis, Transcribed by Glenn C. Bainum
- 8. Tau Beta Sigma Hymn - Corwin Taylor, Arranged by Craig Hamilton
- 9. Solace for Wind Ensemble - John Spencer (OBU Alumnus)
- 10. Psalm for Band - Vincent Persichetti
- 11. Fugue in C - Charles E. Ives, arranged by James B. Sinclair
- 12. O Magnum Mysterium - Morten Lauridsen, Transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds
- 13. Zion for Wind Ensemble - Dan Welcher
- 14. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Steve Rouse
- 15. A Movement for Rosa - Mark Camphouse
- Joy - Joseph Curiale
- Sanctuary - Frank Ticheli
- Introit - Fisher Tull
Symphony for Band - Vincent Persichetti
- I. Agagio Allegro
- II. Agagio Sostenuto
- III. Allegretto
- IV. Vivace
- Chester Overture for Band - William Schuman
Liturgical Music for Band, Op. 33 - Martin Mailman
- I. Introit
- II. Kyrie
- III. Gloria
- IV. Alleluia
- Chorale and Alleluia - Howard Hanson
- The Red Machine - Peter Graham
- Mother Earth - David Maslanka
- Mansions of Glory - David Gillingham
Geometric Dances - Roger Cichy
- I. Quadratic Permutations
- II. Pentangular Concoction
- III. Hexagonal Undulations
- IV. Heptomical Infusions
- My Jesus! Oh, What Anguish - J.S. Bach
American Hymnsong Suite - Dwayne S. Milburn
- I. Prelude on "Wonderous Love"
- II. Ballad on "Balm of Gilead"
- III. Scherzo on "Nettleton"
- IV. March on "Wilson"
- Radiant Joy - Steven Bryant (OBU Alumnus)
- Sketches on a Tudor Psalm - Fisher Tull