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We're 50 musicians who are dedicated to preserving and sharing the enjoyment of classic wind band literature. Attend our next concert!
We're 50 musicians who are dedicated to preserving and sharing the enjoyment of classic wind band literature. Attend our next concert!


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As we near our first concert of the season, it's our great pleasure to announce our new prices! Part of our mission is to continue to support music education, so all Youths/Students will now have free admission. Senior and Adult ticket prices have also been adjusted down!

General admission $15; Senior $10; Youth/Student FREE

Beat the line by purchasing tickets in advance for this concert at:

Better yet, it isn't too late to get season tickets so you can enjoy all four concerts of the season at a 10% discount!

We'll see you on October 14th!
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Save the date of the first concert of our 34th season titled "A Windward Traveler" at Redmond Performing Arts Center on Sunday October 14th. Join our guest conductor, Jacob Scherr, for the following wonderful program.

joyRiDE - Michael Markowski
Down a Country Lane - Aaron Copland, trans. Merlin Patterson
Traveler - David Maslanka
An American in Paris - George Gershwin, arr. Jerry Brubaker
Overture "La Forza del Destino" - Giuseppe Verdi, trans. R. Mark Rogers
Symphony No. IV "Bookmarks from Japan" - Julie Giroux

Concert tickets are now available!
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Season tickets for the Washington Wind Symphony 2018 - 2019 season are now available. The season tickets include admissions to all four concerts of the season at 10% discount. The first concert titled "A Windward Traveler" is coming up soon on October 14th. Get the season tickets now and you are all set for the first concert and the rest of the season!

Sunday October 14, 2018 2pm at Redmond Performing Arts Center
Sunday January 27, 2019 2pm at Redmond Performing Arts Center
Sunday April 28, 2019 2pm at Redmond Performing Arts Center
Saturday June 15, 2019 7pm at Redmond Performing Arts Center
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As we celebrate our 34th season of performing beautiful wind music for Puget Sound-area music lovers, we’re excited to treat our audience to not one, but four accomplished guest conductors for the 2018-19 concert series. They’re all experienced Puget Sound-area music professionals in their own right, so you won’t want to miss a single concert!

All concerts will be presented at the Redmond Performing Arts Center at Redmond High School.

Concert I: Sunday, October 14, 2018, 2PM
Jacob Scherr

A passionate music educator, Jacob Scherr has been the director of bands and orchestras at Mount Vernon High School since fall 2009. Mr. Scherr also co-founded the Whatcom Wind Ensemble, a community band located in Bellingham, Washington.

Concert II: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2PM
John Falskow

Dr. John Falskow is Director of Instrumental Music at Tacoma Community College, and conducts the TCC Orchestra and TCC Symphonic Band.

Concert III: April 28, 2019, 2PM
Parker Bixby

As Mercer Island High School Director of Bands, Parker Bixby conducts the Islander Marching Band, three MIHS concert bands, and the award-winning MIHS Percussion Ensemble.

Concert IV: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 7PM
Ron Gerhardstein

Before becoming Assistant Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of Bands at Pacific Lutheran University, Dr. Gerhardstein served as Director of Instrumental and Vocal Music at West Valley High School in Yakima.
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We are gearing up for our first rehearsal of the new season in a couple of weeks. We are currently looking to fill positions in our oboe, bassoon, and clarinet sections. And, as always, we are adding potential members to our sub lists for all sections. If you are interested, please contact us at!

You can read more about our group and the audition process at:
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Thanks to everyone who came to our concert this beautiful afternoon! What a fun concert to play, we hope you enjoyed it. It was the last concert of the season, which was also our last concert with Dr. Edwin Powell. Thanks, Ed, for the past 12 years. Your dedication and passion is infectious, and the symphony has grown leaps and bounds because of it!
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We are very happy that KING FM announcer Sean MacLean has once again chosen to showcase music from our concert on Classical KING FM’s Northwest Focus program this week. Northwest Focus is a weeknight program that starts at 8pm on Classical KING FM 98.1.

On Tuesday June 12th, Symphonic Dance No. 3 "Fiesta" by Clifton Williams will be featured around 8:25pm, while Black Dog by Scott McAllister will be featured around 9pm on Thursday June 14th. Please be sure to tune in!
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Our next concert is in 2 weeks on June 17th. Have you got your tickets online yet? It'd be a great way to celebrate Father's Day!
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It's true -- you don't normally associate "wild" with wind instruments. But in this, our last concert of the season, Dr. Ed Powell will conduct a wild range of wind band music that's sure to knock your socks off. Featuring two accomplished soloists, a clarinetist mimicking a hard rock guitar, a joyful Mexican fiesta and a rousing brass fanfare -- this June 17 performance will be a must-hear event!
*  Gavorkna Fanfare, by Jack Stamp -- With the brass and percussion sections taking the lead, this energetic fanfare demands your attention as charging rhythms and dissonant harmonies whisk you breathlessly through to its triumphant finish. Stamp composed this popular music in 1991 while studying under Eugene Corporon at Michigan State University.
*  UFO Concerto, by Johan de Meij -- Tacoma native and Lecturer of Euphonium at Pacific Lutheran University, Jason Gilliam is a popular Northwest clinician, and we are thrilled to have him as a guest soloist. As you might guess by its name, "UFO" is not a typical concerto, and is full of musical surprises. Listen carefully to the theme and you may detect a chord de Meij heard repeatedly in the music of Planet Earth and Extreme Makeover TV shows in 2005. The composer explains, "This chord has been obsessively present in my head ever since -- I couldn't resist!"
*  Symphonic Dance No. 3 "Fiesta", by Clifton Williams -- This is one of five symphonic dances Williams composed in 1964 to celebrate the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra's 25th Anniversary celebration. Evoking the pageantry and color of the city's many Mexican celebrations, you can imagine brilliant costumes, street bands, and the legacy of a proud people.
*  Black Dog, by Scott McAllister -- Yes, it's that Black Dog, the 1971 classic from legendary, English rock band Led Zeppelin. You'll be amazed as our own Megan Grady pulls out all the stops in this fun and challenging rhapsody for clarinet. How can a clarinet growl and wail like an electric guitar? You better attend to find out!
*  Frederick Street, by Gregory Youtz --  Professor of Music Composition at Pacific Lutheran University since 1984, Youtz has received numerous awards for his works, including the 2016 "Composer of the Year" award from the Washington State Music Teachers Association. He wrote this rollicking piece to conjure up the masquerade bands that parade down Frederick Street, the main shopping area of Port of Spain, during its annual Carnival celebration. It features the ubiquitous rhythms of Afro-Caribbean percussion and calypso songs inherent to this event since the 19th century. We dare you to keep your feet from dancing.
What better way to celebrate Father's Day than by taking Dad to our "Winds Gone Wild!" concert at the Redmond Performing Arts Center (located at Redmond High School) on Sunday, June 17? You'll love the ideal acoustics, comfortable seating, as well as plenty of free parking!
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