Quality Musical Entertainment For Every Taste
Now in its twenty-fourth year, the Symphonic Winds is a community band dedicated to providing quality musical entertainment for the residents and visitors of Lake Havasu City. The band is comprised of both professional and amateur musicians, all volunteers, all ages, from all walks of life. By participating in the Wind’s concert season, community members are given the invaluable opportunity to enhance their musical skills in rehearsals and in front of live audiences.We all have one thing in common…we love to play music. The Symphonic Winds Community Band is a 501c3 charitable organization located in Lake Havasu City Azronia.
Please refer to our Concert Schedule for dates and locations for our current season.
Concert tickets, Donations, Sponsorships
We are supported by ticket sales, donations and sponshorships so your tax deductible donations are always gratefully accepted. In turn, through our charitable-giving program, the Symphonic Winds provides both financial and training support for early and ongoing musical education in the community. This includes support for musical education in local schools as well as our Wes Humphrey Scholarship, given to qualified graduating Seniors and others who wish to pursue careers in music.
About Our Band
The Lake Havasu Symphonic Winds was founded as an adult community band in 1998 by Wes Humphrey who at the time was the newly retired Band Director at Lake Havasu High School. The group began rehearsing once every week on Thursdays at the the high school band room, and gave their first performance during the Spring of 1999 The band soon evolved into the "wind ensemble concert band" as we know it today.
Soon after, to help manage and to organize the Band’s day-to-day activities, a Board of Directors was created comprised of both band members and members of the community. The Board meets monthly and continues to this day as the Band’s behind-the-scenes support team.
Although the Winds was designed to be an adult Band, very often musicians from the High School band program would be asked to participate. That participation proved to be very beneficial for all, as quite often those young students would receive scholarships from the Winds to foster their ongoing career in music. The Band still remains inclusive, with the age span of our musicians being between 16 to 90 and from all walks of life!
Through the years the Symphonic Winds has performed a minimum of two concerts a year, and as many as eight. The first concerts predominately featured classical and military band arrangements, but as Havasu's musical tastes have changed, so has the repertoire. Now, audiences enjoy concerts designed around various themes, such as Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and so on.. and the style of music is tailored to suit the preferences of our audience. From the Big Band sound to Broadway, classical to Pop we try very hard to make every performance a memorable experience. While the home venue for the Winds is the Performing Arts Center at Lake Havasu High School, the Winds have also provided outreach to the community by performing at local events. These include A Taste of Havasu, the London Bridge Beach Stage, the Refuge, and Windsor Park among others. We also enjoy performing with our “musical cousins” The Lake Havasu Regional Orchestra and the Community Choir. Numerous guests conductors and musicians have performed with the Winds, including local vocalists Staci Wells, Steve Wayman, Nick DeMauro, and Jason Fallis, to name just a few. We also enjoy featuring solo performances and even playing special arrangements composed and performed by some of our talented members.
WE LOVE MUSIC
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