Metropolitan Winds

Key Personnel

Greg Hustis, Music Director
Frank Felice, Associate Conductor



Board of Directors

Kevin Kasper, President
Joe Guzman, Vice-President for Membership
Bill Daniluk, Vice-President for Publicity
Scott Williams, Vice-President for Fundraising
Shawn Harms, Treasurer
Linda Ammons, Secretary
Jane Hyman, Librarian
Jennifer Breitzmann, Member-at-Large



Support

Randol Bass, Music Director Emeritus
Tom Cox Past President
LeAndre Benton,
Linda Ammons
Rehearsal Site Coordinators
John Hyman, Stage Manager
Paul Wood, Box Office Manager
John Roberts, Hospitality
Judy Daniluk, Webmaster
Scott Probst, Recording Engineer


Presidents

Larry Mendez, Founder
President 1993 – 1997
  Larry had the vision to create a community ensemble with a broader appeal and market than just one city. Instead of a pigeon-holed town band headed by the local high school band director, Larry opened up membership to talented musicians from all over the Metroplex and secured the talents of Randol Bass, a nationally-recognized composer, as Musical Director and Conductor. City events were the ensemble’s first public performances in 1993.

Thomas M. Cox
President 1997 – 2001, 2011 - 2017
  Taking advantage of his Music Merchandising Degree, Tom opened up marketing and exposure opportunities for the ensemble. Press advertising, print articles and radio interviews began. The group was featured in television news stories. Under his leadership, the name was officially changed to the Metropolitan Winds, to reflect the growing reach of the ensemble.

The band gave its first sold-out concerts at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall in 1999. To increase the visibility and prestige of the group, Guest Artists, such as film composer Bruce Broughton and Trumpet Soloist Arturo Sandoval, were featured in concerts. Tours to Wichita Falls and Waco were taken. Tom also produced the Band’s first compact disk available for public purchase: John Williams: Beloved Film Scores.

Kevin Kasper
President 2001 – 2003, 2006 – 2010, 2017 -
  Serving as the Winds’ first Associate Conductor, Kevin used his background as a Band Director to strengthen the fall Music Matters Program. Grant-writing and fundraising for the group increased. The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs established regular funding for the group that enabled the Winds to continue concerts at the Meyerson. The Winds also commissioned and premiered their first work, From Blueness to Brightness, by Dave Joyner.

Kevin also successfully negotiated performance by the ensemble as opening act for Clint Black at the Petroleum Club as well as a number of other prominent local appearances.

Bill Daniluk
President 2003 – 2005
  The Winds would eventually receive their first invitation from TMEA in 2003. The highlights of Bill’s tenure would be our performance clinic, Programming for Mass Consumption, at the 2004 TMEA convention in San Antonio, and a concert featuring band legend Dr. Gary Garner. A concert trip to Austin was organized in October 2004. With assistance from his web-savvy wife Judy, Bill oversaw the major upgrade of the website to include sound clips and scrapbooks of performances.

Marty Legé
President 2005 – 2006
  During Marty’s tenure, Bruce Broughton returned for an encore performance and the band received its first public for-hire performance, for the Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation Gala. Since then, the members of the band have performed at a variety of public and private functions, giving the Winds the opportunity to share their passion of music with an ever-expanding audience.




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