Cascade Winds Symphonic Band


Spring Concert June 2nd!

Mark your calendars for our final 2023-2024 season concert! We have a fantastic selection of music for you, ranging from Pinkzebra’s rousing Fanfare for a New Era, to Robert Smith’s exotic Rising Dragons (featuring our outstanding percussion section), to Satoshi Yagisawa’s mystical Nazca Lines – The Universe Drawn on the Earth, to Franco Cesarini’s festive Mexican Pictures, and more!

Join us at 2:00PM in the auditorium at Summit High School in Bend. As always, our performances are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted at the performance or here on our website.


2023-2024 Winter Concert & Livestream

The Cascade Winds 2023-2024 season Winter Concert is coming up this weekend – Sunday, March 10th, 2023. The 2:00 pm concert will be held in the Summit High School Auditorium and the doors will open at 1:30 pm. As with all of our performances, there is no admission charge.

The concert will open with one of the classics in the concert band repertoire, Robert Russell Bennett’s “Suite of Old American Dances.” This work features five movements, representing five genres of music of that are quintessentially American, including the Cake Walk, Western One-Step and Rag. The other major work on the concert is Alfred Reed’s “Sixth Suite for Band,” which is a ragtag collection of movements including Halloween Hobgoblin, where some decidedly unusual sounds will emanate from the ensemble. Karl L. King’s circus march “Invictus,” composed for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, will be played at the traditional lightning-fast ‘screamer’ tempo, contrasting nicely with the calm and serene “Rippling Watercolors” by Brian Balmages. The powerful and soul-searching “Kaddish” by W. Francis McBeth, the percussion feature, “Four Dance Episodes” by Gary Gilroy, and Robert Sheldon’s sprightly “Otter Point Holiday” round out the concert repertoire.

The concert will be live-streamed below or at this link:

You can download the program for this concert here: Cascade Winds Program, Winter 2024

Please feel free to share the link with friends and family who might be interested in viewing the performance from wherever they may be. If you would like to be included on our email list to get future announcements, or are unsure if you are, send a message to info@cascadewinds.org and we’ll ensure that you are added to the group.


2023 Fall Concert Recording

Our 2023 Fall Concert wowed the Summit High audience with a great selection of pieces, including Everything Beautiful, a poignant musical tribute by Samuel Hazo celebrating the life of one of his dear friends, the raucous strains of Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, and Trips by Oscar Navarro, a programmatic work that depicts the varied experiences of traveling

Click here to learn more or hear the concert recording.

 


About the Cascade Winds

Directed by Michael Gesme, the Cascade Winds perform a wide variety of repertoire that often spans several centuries and represents diverse musical styles.

The members of the band feel that it is important that music is accessible to all, therefore our performances are free and open to all listeners. However, we still have production costs associated with our concerts. As a result we rely on individual and corporate donations as well as fees from the musicians themselves to support our operations. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations go towards our direct operating expenses. No funding goes toward administration of the band which is fully supported by volunteers from within the group and the Central Oregon community.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated and your support will help further the presence of music in Central Oregon. You can learn about support the band on our donation page.