University Wind Ensemble
The University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Ben Blasko, is dedicated to performing high-quality literature ranging from old favorites to the avant-garde. The Wind Ensemble schedules concerts each semester, and also performs in combination with the choral groups for special events. The demanding dynamic of a small wind ensemble provides a challenge to the student interested in a music major with an emphasis in performance, or who simply enjoys playing wind music. Students who participate in Wind Ensemble may also be eligible to perform in the Vanderbilt Commodores marching band.
Dr. Ben Blasko, Visiting Professor of Instumental Studies
As a conductor, Benjamen Blasko has been invited to conduct performances and lead master classes across the U.S. He is a founding member of the Agora Brass Ensemble, made up of graduate students and music educators devoted to exposing and developing music for the brass medium. Blasko’s primary teachers include Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Nicholas Enrico Williams, Jack Stamp, Jason Worzbyt, Brad Genevro, William Stowman, Timothy Dixon, Thomas Leslie, and Linda Tedford. As a recording engineer, he has been involved in the recording, editing and mastering processes for many world-class organizations such as the UNT Wind Symphony, University of North Texas Symphonic Band, IUP Wind Ensemble, the Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Dr. William Stowman, Tromba Mundi, the Agora Brass Ensemble, the Keystone Wind Ensemble, members of the Colorado Symphony, Covalence, and the Messiah College Concert Choir. Dr. Blasko received his B.S. in music education from Messiah College with a focus on trumpet, his M.A. in wind conducting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a D.M.A. in wind conducting from the University of North Texas. He has also completed courses in conducting at UNLV.