The Keystone Wind Ensemble is a concert band comprised of approximately 50 woodwind, brass and percussion players, under the direction of Jack Stamp. The Keystone Wind Ensemble is sponsored by Indiana University of Pennsylvania and all members have a direct affiliation with the university as alumni, students, faculty or administrators. The ensemble, created in 1992, was formed for the express purpose of recording new and more traditional works from the concert band repertoire for national release on compact disc. Reviews of these recordings have been uniformly enthusiastic.
Over the Past 18 years, the Keystone Wind Ensemble has recorded 21 compact discs for professional and educational purposes. They have performed at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference, held at The University of Cincinnati in the summer of 2009. In the spring of 2009, they performed at the International Trumpet Guild conference, held at Messiah College. They have also performed twice at the College Band Directors National Association conference, held at The University of North Texas in 2001, and at The Pennsylvania State University in 1998.
Through their annual CD releases, which are all recorded on the I.U.P. campus, the ensemble has attracted a national following. What makes this group distinctive, apart from the high performance level, is that this ensemble is truly one of a kind. No other university in the United States can boast of an ensemble such as this - and especially one that reaches the highest professional standards.