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

  • 2023 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference in Athens, GA
  • 2022 87th Annual Convention of the American Bandmasters Association
  • 2017 CBDNA National Conference in Kansas City
  • 2017 Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) Professional Conference
  • 2014 CBDNA North Central Division Conference
  • 2012 78th Annual Convention of the American Bandmasters Association
  • 2011 CBDNA National Conference 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 341 Wind Ensemble (undergraduate)
  • MUSC 540 Sec. 1B Wind Ensemble (graduate)

Tom Caneva


Thomas E. Caneva
Director of Bands and professor of music

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.