The wind ensemble at Indiana Wesleyan University will split into two groups starting in the fall.
The concert band, the new group, will only meet twice a week rather than the usual four days a week that wind ensemble currently meets. Professor Michael Flanagin will continue to be the director for both of these groups.
“When I first got here, there were only 40-45 people in the band,” said Flanagin. “Over the years it’s grown. I used to spend a lot of time recruiting people that were already on campus.”
He went on to say that the growing size of the group made for a greater disparity in skill levels, so the plan to divide the group in two would leave three days of rehearsals weekly for the wind ensemble and two days weekly for the concert band.
“This will give people a greater chance to find a group that meets their needs better,” said Flanagin. Concert band will be an opportunity for music majors who need to practice their secondary instrument.
Christa Jones (sr) has played the French horn in the wind ensemble for four years.
“I think it will bring a lot of changes to each of the groups, but it’ll be good because it will allow more non-music majors to join,” said Jones. “I think it will take some time to get used to the changes, but I think it will encourage growth in the music department and just getting more people to participate in music.”
Thomas Wilson (jr) is a music composition major and has played the saxophone for the wind ensemble for three years.
“I’m leaning towards [joining] both because you can use the time to learn a new instrument,” said Wilson.
Because of the splitting of the group, wind ensemble will have a smaller number of participants but will be considered a group that will consist mostly of music majors.
Rehearsal times for wind ensemble will now be 3:30-4:25 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the concert band will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:25 p.m.
“My goal is to see more people involved overall in the instrumental program and also opens doors for people who can’t commit all the time,” said Flanagin.