Small ensemble performance can be pursued through brass ensembles. Small ensembles are coached by music faculty. These ensembles offer opportunities for students to improve their section playing and communication skills. The Ohio Wesleyan University Brass Ensembles perform at least one time every quarter in various locations around Central Ohio.
The Trumpet Ensemble serves the trumpet students at Ohio Wesleyan University as their own ensemble of “like-instruments.” Directed by Dr. Larry Griffin, this group rehearses once a week and serves as both a performance group and a lab experience for the trumpet students.
Trumpet ensemble music written or arranged specifically for large numbers of trumpets is explored and performed. Fundamental trumpet playing skills and section playing abilities are also fostered. Sight-reading abilities are relied upon heavily and developed as a large amount of varied material is covered over the course of each semester. Orchestral music is also utilized to learn positive section playing abilities.
This group utilizes rotated seating so each player, regardless of abilities, experiences everything from playing low parts to high and each member of this group learns positive skills involving interaction with other players.