Tom Caneva conducting a wind band on stage

The Wind Ensemble is the premier concert ensemble of Ball State’s band program. Selected by audition from the most outstanding wind and percussion performers on campus, the ensemble performs the finest available repertoire for wind band and is committed to only the highest musical standards. In addition to exploring traditional and contemporary works for full band, the ensemble performs one-on-a-part chamber music representing all periods and styles.

Performance Benefits

  • involvement in numerous commissioning projects
  • regular interaction with outstanding guest conductors, artists and composers from throughout the United States
  • performing in three or more concerts per semester
  • tours
  • regular appearances at state, regional, and national music events  

Recent Acclaimed Performances

  • 2017 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Convention in Kansas City
  • 2017 Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) Professional Conference
  • 2014 CBDNA North Central Division Conference
  • 2012 Convention of the American Bandmasters Association
  • 2011 CBDNA National Convention in Seattle
  • 2011 IMEA Professional Conference
  • 2010 CBDNA North Central Division Conference
  • 2009 Music Educators National Conference (MENC) North Central Convention

Class Information

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  • Monday: 7:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.



Music Instruction Building Room 152


Course Numbers

  • MUSC 140 Sec. 1B Wind Ensemble (0 Credit)
  • MUSC 340 Sec. 1B Wind Ensemble (1 Credit)

Tom Caneva


Thomas E. Caneva
Director of Bands and professor of music


Ensemble Placement Audition Procedures and Schedule for Winds and Percussion


  • You will audition one time for band and orchestra placement.
  • Sign up for an audition time outside your applied professor’s office. Contact 765-285-9178 for additional information.
  • You can download audition excerpts after July 9, 2018 by clicking on your instrument below. They are also available in the Ensembles Office (MI-136) or from your applied professor. If there is no link below, contact your applied professor.
  • If you have a conflict with your assigned audition time, please contact your applied professor and Dr. Caneva prior to your scheduled time.
  • Make-up auditions will be the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 21. Please see your applied faculty member to schedule a make-up audition time. The sign-up sheet listing times available for make-up auditions will be on the Ensembles Office window (MI 136).
  • Please be on time to your audition. Missing your audition may result in not being assigned to a major designated ensemble or a lower group.
  • All music majors must audition for an ensemble.


Sign-up Location

Audition Location

Audition Time

Trumpets (Dr. Campbell) MI-206 Sursa Hall Sat. Aug. 18, 2:00-5:00pm
Horns (Prof. Berger) MI- 205 Sursa Hall Sat. Aug. 18, 6:00-9:00pm
Saxophones (Dr. Bogert) MU-203 Sursa Hall Sun. Aug. 19, 12:30-2:30pm
Flutes (Dr. Watanabe) MI-208 Sursa Hall Sun. Aug. 19, 3:00-5:15pm
Clarinets (Dr. Crawford) MI-134 Sursa Hall Sun. Aug. 19, 6:30-9:00pm
Bassoons (Dr. Sweger) MI-125 MI-152 Mon. Aug. 20, 8:00am-9:30am
Oboes (Dr. Kozenko) MI-132 MI-152 Mon. Aug. 20, 9:30-10:45am
Trombones (Dr. Van Hof) MI-207 MI-152 Mon. Aug. 20, 11:00-1:00pm
Tuba/Euphonium (Prof. Lyon) MI-204 Sursa Hall Mon. Aug. 20, 2:00-4:30pm
Percussion (Prof. Dembar) MU-9 MI-152 Mon. Aug. 20, 6:00-9:30pm

Graduate Program in Wind Conducting

wind band symphony performing on stage

The graduate program in wind band conducting is a small and selective program that prepares students to effectively function in academic and professional settings. Ball State offers  a master of music with a major in conducting and the doctor of arts in music with a primary emphasis in conducting. Graduate assistantships and yearly stipends are available for students in these programs.