About The Ensemble
The Sacramento Symphonic Winds is an all volunteer 60-piece symphonic wind ensemble or "wind orchestra"
that performs a wide range of music from rock, jazz and show tunes to contemporary wind ensemble masterpieces .
It was founded in 2001 by conductor emeritus, Dr. Les Lehr , to provide
quality musical performances for audiences in the greater Sacramento area and to offer local musicians a challenging and
rewarding musical experience in an encouraging environment. We celebrate the community band and wind ensemble tradition in American music!
For more information about the group you can download a printable brochure.
About The Musicians
The Sacramento Symphonic Winds seeks to perform superior wind music at a high level of professionalism. Thus the instrumentation is fixed and an interview and/or audition are required for performing members. We welcome candidates for an audition when there is an open chair. As in most community bands the Sacramento Symphonic Winds musicians come from all manner of occupations, backgrounds and ethnicities. We also include student members who are currently enrolled in high school and pass the audition. Rehearsals are held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday evenings at El Camino High School, located on El Camino Avenue in Sacramento. Musicians are invited to apply for membership by contacting the band following the contact link at the bottom of the page.
The ensemble incurs many costs throughout a concert season, including the costs of maintaining its music library, setting-up various concert sites, printing programs and posters--these to cite just a few. These costs are paid by monies gathered by donations from the local community, by concert sponsors, and occasionally by band members. If you would like to support the band with a direct donation, please contact us. And, please, know that we greatly appreciate your donation.
Above all...Please attend our concerts. An important SSW continuing goal is to increase our audience size, and to provide a positive impact upon our community. You will recognize music that is on the shelves of every band's library which have become familiar audience pleasers, and you will also hear new compositions by today's composers pushing the limits of instrumental technique. But no matter the genre, each piece we begin in rehearsal and finish at a concert becomes a musical journey.
Email: Carrie Moore
Postal mail: The Sacramento Symphonic Winds, PO Box 1503, Carmichael, CA 95609