In the 1970's and 80's, Professor Cipolla initiated aprogram ofinviting prestigious composers, conductors, and soloists to appear withwhat had then evolved into the UB Wind Ensemble. Our students were thusprovided an opportunity to meet and work with some of the most influential musicians in the field of wind music. Internationally recognized composers Virgil Thomson, Ernst Krenek, Vincent Persichetti, and Karel Husa each conducted their major compositions for winds with the ensemble, as did such diverse composers as: Donald Erb, Betsy Jolas, Warren Benson, Sidney Hodkinson, Robert Moran, Robert Mols, and others. Founding conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell, and Colonel Arnald Gabriel, Commander/Conductor of the United States Air Force Band, each appeared with the Wind Ensemble in addition to artist soloists such as: Knud Hovaldt, principal trumpeter of the Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra; saxophonist Eugene Rousseau; and tubaist Harvey Phillips. The music department's own faculty has been well represented with appearances by: Sylvia Dimiziani and Gary Burgess from the voice faculty, pianists Frina Arschanska Boldt and Ivar Mikhashoff, oboists Ronald Richards and Nora Post, organist Squire Haskin, bassoonist Darlene Reynard, clarinetist Allen Sigel, trumpeter David Kuehn, percussionist Jan Williams, and jazz saxophone player Sam Falzone.
A return to a more competitive intercollegiate athleticprogram in the1980's led to the establishment of a significant Pep Band organization.This group, which has numbered in excess of 120 members, draws studentsfrom all disciplines of the university and is a vital part of studentcampus life. In addition to performing at a variety of home sportingevents, the band travels several time a year to play at away games. Thegroup has its own staff and part-time director but functions under thesupervision of the Director of Bands.
Professor Cipolla retired from the university in 1991and after a periodof interim directors, Sarah McKoin joined the faculty as a full-timemember of the Department of Music and Director of Bands. Ms. McKoin is aknowlegeable and vibrant conductor who will surely add to the past achievements of this vital link in the department's ensemble offerings.