The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble is among the leading ensembles of its kind and has performed at every major convention in the United States. Notable musicians who have appeared with the ensemble include Aaron Copland, Vincent Persichetti, Percy Grainger, Karel Husa, Michael Colgrass, Sir Vivian Dunn and Frederick Fennell.
In 2005 the ensemble toured the People's Republic of China. The ensemble has also recorded a number of albums with the Naxos label. In addition to performing works from the standard wind band repertoire, the ensemble is committed to new music and regularly commissions and records new works for winds.
In 2007 Scott A. Weiss was appointed Director of Bands and Conductor of the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, becoming only the sixth person to hold this position since 1887.