About Us

The Knightwind Ensemble is an adult Milwaukee area musical group composed of approximately 65 musicians, from all walks of life, who volunteer their time for the love of music. Performances include a diverse musical repertoire, ranging from classic chamber pieces to contemporary full wind band literature.

The Ensemble is proud to have been host to numerous guest soloists and conductors, and has premiered two commissioned pieces over the years, Imprints (Timothy Mahr), and Tears (David Maslanka).

We pride ourselves on being the premier wind ensemble in the Milwaukee area.

Our History

The Knightwind Ensemble has been performing for Milwaukee (WI) audiences since 1956. Begun as a youth activity sponsored by the Milwaukee Elks Lodge No. 46, the group has evolved into Milwaukee's premier adult wind band. Presenting substantive and challenging programs, the Knightwind Ensemble continually strives to bring high quality concert experiences to its audiences. Read More.

About the Conductor

Dr. Erik N. Janners has been the Music Director for the Knightwind Ensemble since the Fall of 2010. In addition to his duties with Knightwind, Dr. Janners serves as the Director of Music at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read More.

Educational Outreach

Our mission statement and guiding principles specifically state that the ensemble will foster, encourage and develop appreciation of wind music by collaborating with schools to provide meaningful educational outreach. Read More.

Sudler Silver Scroll

The Sudler Silver Scroll is the highest honor that a North American community band can achieve. A work of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation, the goal of the award is "to identify, recognize and honor those community bands that have demonstrated particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and which have played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their respective communities". Read More.

Contact us at info@knightwind.org