August 22nd, 2015
A Concert in the Park!
The Saint Louis Wind Symphony has become the premier wind ensemble in the Saint Louis metropolitan area.
Established in 1998, the Saint Louis Wind Symphony has garnered distinction as one of the Midwest’s premier concert band organizations.
We are committed to enriching the community we serve by sharing our music with a diverse spectrum of local groups and organizations and by providing educational opportunities for area students.
The Saint Louis Wind Symphony is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer concert band organization, established in 1998, and dedicated to the highest quality performance of the finest wind literature.
The Wind Symphony’s 65-member ensemble is staffed by musicians from across Missouri and Illinois. A majority of the ensemble’s membership consists of current and former music educators who believe that the importance of music is demonstrated not only by passing the knowledge of it onto others but also by participating in its creation.
“Let the drums roll out, let the trumpet call, while the people shout, Strike up the Band!”
The Saint Louis Wind Symphony’s 2014-15 season, Strike up the Band!, has sparkled with original compositions and well-loved favorites. We have and will present works by Hindemith, Grainger, Rimsky-Korsakov, Bach, Verdi, Offenbach, Sousa, Williams and Bonelli. The season also included a performance of Gay Spear’s most recent composition Into the Ages, a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, written for the U.S. Library of Congress.
It’s February and we are honored to once again have the legendary Colonel Arnald Gabriel, Conductor Emeritus, United States Air Force Band, returning for a conducting clinic in support of our educational mission. He will be joined by saxophone virtuoso Dale Underwood as he also conducts the Wind Symphony’s third regular season concert. As we look forward to March we have another special event. In 2012 we traveled to Kansas City to perform a joint concert with the NorthWinds Symphonic Band. This year they will return the favor and be our guests for a real treat, a shared concert on March 22, 2015.
As we continue our seventeenth season, the entire organization is enthusiastic not just about the music, but also the venues: the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School - for three concerts; the Keating Center Theatre at Kirkwood High School - for our November concert; a holiday concert sponsored by, and at, The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles; and a shared holiday concert with the Chaminade High School Band.
We look forward to sharing our passion for this art form with each of you!