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The Oglethorpe University Winds provides a venue for students to participate in high-level performance of wind band repertoire, and also provide music for certain University functions, such as the Boar's Head holiday festival in December and Oglethorpe Day in February. The Wind Ensemble is the core ensemble from which the pep band is drawn.

The Concert Winds' spring 2015 performance will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 PM in the Conant Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature the works of Brahms, Bach & more!


The Stormy Petrel Pep Band performs at several home basketball games each season. The band leads OU fans in the fight song and is responsible for filling Dorough Field House with excitement and Oglethorpe spirit!

Want to know more? Use the links on the left to visit our Facebook page and to fill out the interest form.

Participation in the Winds and Pep Band is open to the Oglethorpe community. Auditions are not required at this time. Students who wish to participate must enroll in Music 144.

The Oglethorpe University Concert Winds seeks to:

  1. Provide varied, balanced and meaningful musical experiences that promote creativity, flexibility, and versatility in each musician.
  2. Confirm the lessons learned in theory, composition, and music history and music education in living performance.
  3. Create a positive music-making environment that allows knowledge gained in the private studio to be applied to ensemble performance.
  4. Increase awareness of the diverse artistic and historical significance of music for winds and percussion.
  5. Expand the technical, intellectual, psychological, and spiritual horizons of musicians that result in soul-to-soul music making.
  6. Prepare music and musicians of the future by exploring music of the present and preserving music of the past.
  7. Preserve the repertoire of the medium that has become a uniquely American art form and promote the newly emerging global repertoire.
  8. Broaden concepts of teaching and performance by encouraging creative thought and artistic interaction.
  9. Develop future musical leaders of vision and passion.
  10. To encourage "community" with all people, both on campus and throughout the city.
  11. To enhance, through artistic contributions, the quality of life at the University in specific and metropolitan Atlanta in general.

About the Director
Paul Scanling holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Florida State University where he studied Flute with Suzanne Lord and Melinda Lintern, played tenor saxophone in the award winning FSU Jazz Ensemble, and euphonium in Chiefly Brass, the FSU Basketball Band.  While there he studied conducting with Dr. Patrick Dunnigan and took courses from Dr. Bentley Shellahamer and Dr. Cliff Madsen.  Paul also holds a Master of Music Degree from Georgia State University where he worked under Dr. Robert Ambrose with the Wind Ensemble and founded the Panther Basketball Band.  He has attended conducting classes of Donald Hunsberger, James Jordan and Robert Rumbelow at the Columbus State University Conducting Symposium, Dr. Manuel Alvarez, Dr. Donald Portnoy, Dr. Peter Jaffe, and Paul Vermel at the South Carolina Conductors Institute, and has studied privately with Alexander Micklethwaite, then assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Julian Shew, Orchestra Director at Georgia State University. 

Paul spent seven years participating in the Drum and Bugle Corps activity.  He marched for three summers with The Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps and aged out in 1994 with The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps playing baritone.  He then spent three summers as an instructor of both marching fundamentals and brass with The Spirit of Atlanta, most recently in 2001.

Paul has taught in the public schools of Florida and Georgia. He is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of The Atlanta Concert Band, a community band founded in 1973.  He also serves as the Orchestra Director for Northside United Methodist Church of Atlanta and was recently appointed as the Director of Bands at Oglethorpe University.  Paul is in demand as a woodwind instructor, arranger and clinician. Paul lives in Marietta with his wife Jenna, their beautiful daughter Sara, and Leo, the World's Greatest Chihuahua.

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