Metropolitan Winds

Founded in 1993, Metropolitan Winds represents all that is exciting about symphonic band music in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Audiences have come to love the innovative programming and passionate performances for which Metropolitan Winds has become synonymous.

Members of the ensemble can be seen around the Metroplex in other roles such as professional musicians, band directors and private music teachers. Despite their varied backgrounds they each share a love of wind band music and a passion for finely crafted concert presentations that are enthusiastically received by audiences of all ages. For the teachers in the group, being on stage with Metropolitan Winds provides the opportunity to continue to practice the art of performance … for that is exactly what they are teaching their students: a performing art!

Metropolitan Winds endeavors to enhance the sense of community and foster music appreciation in the area through regular performances of the world's great music, and to provide area musicians the opportunity to collaborate with other capable musicians, express themselves artistically, and to keep live musical performances alive! As other performing arts groups struggle for continued survival, Metropolitan Winds is committed to educating the public about the unique role live musical performances can fill in our daily lives.

The Metropolitan Winds is a member in good standing of the Association of Concert Bands (ACB), The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

We have no “usual repertoire” as MetropolitanWinds presents balanced programs that have the twofold objective to entertain and to enlighten our audiences. Concert genres have included:

  • "Serious" band literature of Hindemith, Dahl, and Husa
  • Traditional orchestral transcriptions from Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Berlioz, Moussorgsky, Wagner, and Shostakovich
  • Military band staples by Vaughan-Williams, Holst, and Grainger
  • American band classics by Dello Joio, Giannini, and Persichetti
  • Light classical sounds of Rossini, Strauss, and Mozart
  • Jazz-inspired programs featuring the works of Ticheli, Lyle Mays and Patrick Williams
  • Broadway favorites
  • Guest Composer and Conductor, Guest Soloist and Tribute programs
  • Popular favorites from Hollywood
The last category has become a specialty of the Metropolitan Winds. Emceed by such TV personalities Joe Bob Briggs and Gary Cogill, we have played well-received concerts of the music of John Williams, as well as Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Mel Brooks. We have also performed a selection of band transcriptions for the music from Disney's Fantasia, and have featured film composer Bruce Broughton as a guest artist, conducting wind transcriptions of the suite from Silverado and other selections from Broughton scores.

The Metropolitan Winds is a tax exempt, non profit, 501(c)3 organization.


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