Colorado Wind Ensemble

The Colorado Wind Ensemble serves the Denver metro area by performing concerts of exceptional quality and providing educational opportunities to students. Generous donations support a high degree of accessibility for audiences of varying income levels. Help us reach our $10,000 goal!

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Arts, Culture & Humanities 


General Public


The Colorado Wind Ensemble performs an annual series of concerts throughout the metropolitan area. Our concert seasons present our audience members with great classics, contemporary music, familiar favorites, and unique collaborations with guest artists and other arts groups. For the 2019-2020 season, our performances will take place at the King Center on the Auraria campus in Denver: the Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood; Littleton United Methodist Church, Littleton; and St Andrew United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch. Our season features guest performers The Boston Brass, guest violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson, composer Omar Thomas, and guest conductor Richard Mayne. In addition, the November 2019 concert will feature selections from the CWE student Composer's Workshop.


Evidence of Program's Success

Audience testimonials from recent concert performances:

"David Maslanka's Testament gave me goosebumps!" Lakewood resident, May 2013

"Your quality is always professional. I always enjoy your choices. Most often it is new music to me and that is one of the things that endears this group to me." Littleton resident, December 2012

"Fantastic experience for our kids and us!" Parker resident, October 2012

"I just had to call. The concert with Richard Stoltzman was the best musical experience I have ever had in my life." Audience member, April 2018

Educational outreach


Youth Development 


Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)


Colorado Wind Ensemble musicians provide instruction in sectional coaching, private lessons, side-by-side performances, and performance opportunities for instrumental music students throughout the Denver metropolitan area.

For 2019-2020, these programs include:
- Residency at Metropolitan State University of Denver mentoring MSUD music students
- Coaching students in the Denver Public Schools Citywide Bands
- Coaching students in Douglas and Arapahoe Counties with the Continental League Honor Band
-Education and performance outreach to Addenbrook Academy, Denver


Evidence of Program's Success

Adams City High School students provided the following comments in response to their experiences with CWE instructors:

"They went over everything I needed help in this year." Sophomore student, 2013

"I like that they take the time to teach us the fundamentals." Junior student, 2013

Douglas County students provided the following comments in response to their side-by-side concert with the CWE in 2013:

"I loved the opportunity and experience of playing with the CWE! It was so much fun! I learned what type of music I could be playing in the future and how much music means to me."

"Actually getting to play in between the musicians was awesome. I learned how to blend better and to be more confident."

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