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 $6,000 goal!

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Arts, Culture & Humanities 


General Public
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Young Adults (20-25 years)


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 2020-2021 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 past season featured guest performers The Boston Brass, composer Omar Thomas, and guest conductor Richard Mayne. The start of our season may be delayed due to the pandemic, but your donation will help us be ready to resume our full concert schedule when the time comes.


Evidence of Program's Success

Audience testimonials from recent concert performances:

Fire and Ice concert February 28, 2020
"I have been to three concerts and have really enjoyed them. Will come to more!"
"Stunning music."

Sanctuaries concert January 25, 2020
"Omar Thomas's compositions were a real delight."
"Incredibly mature and colorful balance and blend. Excellent programming."
"Great concert! we are new to Colorado and this a great night out."
"Very high quality. I really enjoyed the performance. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work. Unexpectedly upbeat and enjoyable!"

American Landscapes concert November 17, 2019
"Very innovative music. Fun to listen to! Amazing talented musicians."
"I loved the music selections and the descriptions in the program."

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 included:
- 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
- Coaching students at Regis Jesuit High School
- Education and performance outreach to Addenbrook Academy, Denver

We hope to continue most of these programs in the 2020-2021 season as schools resume their activities.


Evidence of Program's Success

Denver Public Schools said
"So glad we can always count on CWE, our students really do look forward to working with professionals!"

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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