The Lamar University Wind Ensemble has been honored with an elite invitation to perform before the Texas Music Educators Association’s 2015 Clinic and Convention in February.

The Wind Ensemble is conducted by Scott Deppe, director of bands at Lamar, and has about 55 members. Students in the group come from several different colleges and majors throughout the university.

“I am extremely proud of our students and of the high caliber of leadership that Scott has brought to our band program,” said Kurt Gilman, chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.

Begun in 1920, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of more than 11,000 elementary through post-secondary school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is the largest organization of its kind in the world, meeting yearly in San Antonio.

“I think this is a fantastic opportunity for our Wind Ensemble and a credit to the incredible work Scott has done bringing the group back to its highest quality,” said Russ Schultz, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. “The invitation to perform at TMEA is a distinct honor and a testament to the high quality of instruction provided by faculty in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.”

The Lamar Wind Ensemble is one of four university bands to be invited to perform at the 2015 convention.

“It’s an honor to represent Lamar at TMEA, and I think it’s going to be a treat for our many alumni from the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music who have gone on to become band and choir directors and will be present at this conference,” said Deppe.