2019 Fall Concert

The Cascade Winds Symphonic Band will present the first concert of its 2019-2020 season on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2:00pm in the Summit High School Auditorium. Admission is free though donations will be accepted. The performance will commence with a fast paced and dramatic work titled “Synergy Rising,” which the composer, Ryan Nowlin, refers to as a work that captures “a myriad of emotions including intense joy and excitement.” The work features the prominent exploits of the percussion section and creative use of the saxophones. (You’ll simply have to come to the concert to find out what that means!) Two non-traditional (non-Sousa) marches will also be heard, the “Little English Girl March” by D. Delle Cese, and Jerry Bilik’s “Block M Concert March,” along with the recently composed and deeply emotional “Until Morning Come” by Andrew Boss. 

“Tanczi” by the noted Belgian composer, conductor and trombone player, Jan Van der Roost, is one of the two large scale works on the concert. Written in the style of traditional Russian folk music, the work expounds on opposites: melancholy versus fiery temperament, virtuosity versus intimate moments, melodic expression versus spicy rhythms. The concluding work is a delightful transcription by Marco Tamanini of George Gershwin’s timeless classic “An American In Paris.” Gershwin himself explains his rhapsodic composition as “the impressions of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city, listens to the various street noises, and absorbs the French atmosphere.” It’s a tour de force for the concert band and will certainly delight listeners of all ages. ​

Auction Success and Second Chance Sale

The Cascade Winds would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2019 “Experience the Winds” silent auction. The proceeds will be used by the Cascade Winds Symphonic Band Association to defray the costs of providing high quality symphonic band music for Central Oregon.

There were a few items that did not find a home at the conclusion of the auction so we are conducting a “Second Chance” sale shortly to make sure everyone has a chance to participate. Click here to see the items. Please email us at cheri.redgrave@yahoo.com to arrange purchase of these items. First come, first served until they are gone.

Cascade Winds Fall Concert 2018-19

The opening concert of the Cascade Winds 2018-2019 season will take place on Sunday, November 4, 2pm, in the Summit High School Auditorium. Admission is free but donations will gladly be accepted. The performance will feature several works by contemporary band composers such as Robert Sheldon (“Der Lehrmeister”) and Rossano Galante (“Nostalgia”) as well as foot-tapping marches by Claudio Grafulla (“Washington Grays”) and the march king himself, John Philip Sousa (“King Cotton”). “First Suite in F” by Thom Ritter George as well as “Buckaroo Holiday” and “Hoedown” by Aaron Copland, will lend an air of Americana to the festivities. “First Suite”, commissioned by the United States Navy Band and, as one might expect, is a work filled with allusions to the Navy and the music making of the Navy Band. Listeners will hear the humor and ruggedness of a sea chantey, feel the loneliness and grandeur of the sea, and sense the adventure of Navy men having fun in a South American port of call. The Copland works are drawn from his ballet “Rodeo” and the music is quintessential American cowboy. Pictures are skillfully crafted to musically replicate the events surrounding a rodeo:  perilous bucking broncos, colorful outfits, cheering crowds, an evening hoedown, a first kiss, and unbridled joy.

The featured guest artist on the concert is clarinetist, Ted Burton. Burton has been a staple in the Central Oregon Music scene for more than two decades, serving most recently as the Director of Bands at Mountain View High School until his retirement in 2016. He has been involved in the classical scene, performing in the Central Oregon Symphony and the Cascade Winds, but he has a passion and special love for jazz. He has participated in many jazz ensembles over the years and is one of the founding members of the Summit Express Jazz Band. Tapping into Burton’s rich and deep jazz skill set, conductor Michael Gesme has programmed Artie Shaw’s “Concerto for Clarinet,” a staple in the jazz clarinet repertoire. The work was completed in 1940 and displays the full range of Shaw’s talent and artistry, combining jazz, swing and classical elements – a schmaltzy, smear-filled, improvisational tour de force with wailing and high notes galore


Spring Concert & Silent Auction June 3, 2018

The final concert of the Cascade Winds 2017-2018 season will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2pm, in the Summit High School Auditorium. Admission is free but donations will gladly be accepted. Additionally, the second annual Cascade Winds silent auction, Experience the Winds, will take place at intermission. Many of the items up for bid are from the musicians themselves, relating to their professions, hobbies and special interests, such as private lessons, wine, woodworking, fishing, et cetera. 

Cascade Winds conductor, Michael Gesme, and the members of the band are pleased to present a variety traditional and non-traditional wind band literature. James Curnow’s “Spirit of the Pioneers,” a lively overture that is, in the words of the composer, “intended to capture the spirit of adventure, commitment to excellence, and drive to succeed that possesses all pioneers in todays’ world of discovery” will launch the performance. Also on the first half will be the sounds of heroic and romantic film music in “Journey to the Lion’s Castle” by Rossano Galante and two classic up tempo marches, “The Klaxon” by Henry Fillmore and Karl King’s “The Melody Shop,” the latter being best characterized as having the silliness and speed of a circus march. The Cascade Winds percussionists will be featured on this concert as they perform an entertaining grove-based work for percussion ensemble by Jim Casella titled “Scuttlebutt.” 

The second half of the concert will be dedicated to a single work: “Symphony No. 1, New Day Rising” by contemporary American composer, Steven Reineke. The four movements of this work collectively recount the events surrounding the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The symphony begins with a glorious picture of a vibrant and colorful San Francisco (pre earthquake) followed by a ‘Nocturne’ that depicts the city on the eve of the infamous quake. The third movement, ‘And the Earth Trembled’ paints a vivid picture of the devastation and destruction wreaked by the tremors and aftershocks. The concluding movement calmly and stately depicts the rebuilding of shattered lives and the restoring of civilization — though ending with a quiet dissonance that signals the danger that still lies below the surface. 


One hour prior to our concert and during intermission there is a silent auction featuring experiences and items from our very own musicians. The funds raised will be used to offset our concert costs, including theater rental, school staff, and tuition for the musicians. There are many unique items for you to choose from including fishing, hiking, handcrafted items, and even a meal with our conductor, Michael Gesme.

Click here for a copy of the catalog for the auction.