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Carthage music ensembles regularly tour internationally, nationally and regionally.  The Wind Orchestra is the primary touring ensemble in the instrumental area.

In recent years the Wind Orchestra has toured the Midwest, mid-east and southeastern United States, with four trips to Japan. The Wind Orchestra is scheduled to return to Japan in January 2017.   

Wind Orchestra tours specialize in developing historical presentations, such as the 2014 program for a 28-piece “military band” of the early 20th century, or silent film theatre orchestra settings for classics like “Metropolis” or “The General.”


Carthage College and Kurashiki Sakuyo University are partners in an exchange program that began in 2001 with the appointment of Dr. James Ripley to the faculty of both institutions. Since that time, students in the Carthage Wind Orchestra and Kurashiki Sakuyo Wind Philharmony have performed some of the most significant repertoire from each other’s cultures. In addition, the Carthage Wind Orchestra has completed four study tours to Japan, in January 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2014. While in Japan, the Wind Orchestra maintains a one-week residency at Kurashiki Sakuyo University, culminating in a joint concert with the Wind Philharmony. The 2005 Wind Philharmony tour also included a similar residency in Kenosha. The success of these ventures has prompted the administration of both institutions to draft a formal agreement, continuing the partnership to develop further exchanges of information, touring opportunities, and study abroad. 

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