Music Groups Featured on Wind Band Internet Radio Station

Two groups from Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Music will now gain international notoriety, thanks to their inclusion on the playlist of Wind Band FM on the internet.

The station, available at www.windbandfm.com and on Facebook at Wind Band FM, recently added 6 ½ hours of recordings from EKU’s Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble.

Wind Band FM is a new internet radio site dedicated specifically to the wind band, “broadcasting the finest recordings from the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Dallas Wind Symphony, Cincinnati Wind Symphony, the United States Marine Band, North Texas Wind Symphony, and other quality college, professional, and military ensembles."

According to Dr. Joe Allison, director of EKU bands, the EKU recordings, dating back to 2000, span a wide range of symphonic band and wind ensemble literature, including established masterworks, solo vehicles, chamber pieces and premiere compositions, many of which are commissioned and premiered by the EKU ensembles.

“For our ensembles to be featured on a new & cutting-edge enterprise whose stated mission is ‘broadcasting the finest in professional, military and college ensembles’ is pretty self-explanatory,” Allison said. “To be included on the initial offerings with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the North Texas Wind Symphony and the United States Marine Band is an absolute dream come true for all of us. Not to mention the worldwide exposure at the highest levels of performance.

“It's pretty difficult to overstate the significance of this honor. The EKU Wind Symphony has regularly published new works as reference recordings for music publishing companies in recent years, but this is a singular achievement for the University!”

 Allison said he expects more EKU recordings will be added in the future.

In other news, Allison noted that WEKU FM, the public radio service of EKU, is producing a second two-hour “Home Grown in Kentucky” program featuring performances by the EKU Wind Symphony.

            For more information about educational and performing opportunities in EKU’s Department of Music, visit www.music.eku.edu or call 859-622-3266.

Published on January 19, 2011