The Arizona Winds Concert Band was founded in 1974. It was formed to offer an experience for adults to further continue with their instruments after high school and college. They soon matured into a high level-performing ensemble thrilling its audiences with fine music. Throughout their existence, many wonderful guest conductors have appeared in front of this group and include such renown individuals as Geoffrey Brand of the London Wind Ensemble, A.S.C.A.P. composer William H. Hill, Arizona State University Director of Bands Dr. Richard Strange (ret.), past Northern Arizona University Director of Bands Dr. Patricia Hoy (currently School of Music Dean at University of Tennessee -Memphis, retired Northern Arizona University Director of Bands Dr. Donald Wolf and Col. John R. Bourgeois (ret.) of the world renown ‘Presidents Own’ US Marine Corp Band from Washington D.C.
The band performs throughout Arizona in such places as Prescott, Chandler, Carefree, Sun City and Glendale to name a few. They have been invited to perform at Arizona Central College, Northern Arizona University and numerous high schools and elementary schools throughout the valley, including travel out-of-state to school campuses in southern California.
At the retirement of John Thrasher in 1999 from Glendale Community College, the band chose to leave the school with its founder. Together they embarked on a new musical experience at a new location and with a new name, the Arizona Winds. The 'premier' adult community band never looked back. They continue the tradition of fine musical performances, sharing their musical talents and enriching the lives of the wonderful communities that make up Arizona.
The group recently became a Non Profit Organization. Your generous and deeply appreciated donations are tax-deductible!
The band performs concerts from October through May