The Wind Ensemble is made up of the finest wind and percussion performers in the School of Music. As the centerpiece of a band program which has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over 100 years, the Wind Ensemble continues a tradition of professional-level performances given free of charge to appreciative audiences.
The Wind Ensemble has performed at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference (CBDNA) in Athens, Georgia and Minneapolis, Minnesota, the CBDNA Southern Division Conferences in Biloxi, Mississippi and Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference held annually in Louisville. Most recently, the UK Wind Ensemble performed at the 2006 CBDNA Southern Division Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
In the summer of 2008 the Wind Ensemble toured the People's Republic of China and performed in Shanghai, Beijing, and other venues in celebration of China's hosting of the Olympic games.
The Wind Ensemble meets year round and rehearses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. The Wind Ensemble is conducted by Cody Birdwell, Director of UK Bands.