The Frost Wind Ensemble, directed by Gary Green, is an acclaimed ensemble that actively commissions new music, performs for numerous concerts, conferences and festivals throughout the season and has released numerous compact discs on major labels.
The Frost Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall (2007).
The Frost Wind Ensemble at the University of Miami consists of the finest wind and percussion players at the university, and performs for numerous concerts, conferences, and festivals throughout the season. Actively commissioning new music for the repertoire, the ensemble has offered world premieres for such composers as Charles Campbell, Clarke McCallister, Michael Colgrass, and James Syler, David Maslanka, and Christopher Rouse. One of the guiding principles of the Frost Wind Ensemble is contact with leading musical minds of this time, resulting in recent residencies by such notable musicians as James Syler, Eric Whitacre, Michael Daugherty, David Maslanka, and John Corigliano.
The Frost Wind Ensemble has released several compact discs on the Albany and Naxos labels. The first is entitled Urban Requiem. In American Record Guide, critics stated: “The recording is close-up, and incredibly immediate. Cymbals, high brass, and percussion erupt with great brilliance; the bass drum in the Colgrass piece is awesome. In repertory and recorded sound, the whole thing reminds of Frederick Fennell’s Mercury Living Presence LPs I loved as a kid.” Critics in Fanfare record review state: “…soloists…indeed all of the UM Wind Ensemble’s talents are never in question.” The second disc is entitled Christina’s World and features a commission by Kenneth Fuchs. The CD Blue includes James Syler’s “Blue,” Michael Colgrass’ “Dream Dancer” and the “Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble” by Thomas Sleeper. The fourth disc, called Ivy Green, contains Mark Camphouse’s “Symphony” from Ivy Green, “Equus” by Eric Whitacre and Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble.” The fifth disc, Reflections, features Craig Morris playing Thomas Sleeper’s “Trumpet Concerto” as well as a performance of David Maslanka’s “Symphony No. 3.” Illuminations contains a commission by David Gillingham, “Double Star,” with soloists Margaret Donaghue, (clarinet) and Ellen Rowe, (piano) as well as David Maslanka’s “Song Book for Flute and Wind Ensemble” featuring Christine Nield, flute. The newest disc, Wolf Rounds, was released on the Naxos label.
Former members of the Frost Wind Ensemble at the University of Miami hold positions in many symphony orchestras and military bands and serve as teachers and conductors throughout the United States and the world.