First Coast Wind Symphony

A Community Band Tradition in Jacksonville, Florida

First Coast Wind Symphony 2017 Tour to Austria!

beautiful building in Vienna, AustriaIn June of 2017, the First Coast Wind Symphony will visit both Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, the cities of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, and perform three concerts while there. This is an amazing opportunity to visit the musical, historical and cultural sites of Austria. Vienna is a UNESCO heritage city and the historical center of the musical world.

The tour is planned as a family event, including members of the FCWS, their friends and family, reserve and alumni members, and other performers who are interested in travelling and performing.

The cost of our 9-day tour is $3,799. A payment schedule is available ($200 minimum deposit) and the final payment is due on April 3, 2017. The FCWS is sponsoring an opportunity for you to sell $5 raffle tickets for a free trip for two to Paris (Nov. 9-13, 2017) to help raise individual funds for the trip. Get all the details.

Come with us!

Download a flyer of tour details, including itinerary and payment schedule

Tour Details Flyer

For more information and to register:

Registration information: Group Leader-Artie Clifton; Group ID-228634

Free admittance

Live music

family friendly




The First Coast Wind Symphony brings the best in wind music to Northeast Florida.

What composers are saying about the First Coast Wind Symphony.

“Guest conducting the First Coast Wind Symphony was such a genuine pleasure. This group of fine musicians are as warm and friendly as they are musically talented. I truly hope I have another chance to share the stage with them!”

–Samuel Hazo, Feb. 2016

“My sincere thanks to Artie Clifton and the First Coast Wind Symphony for inviting me to share a concert with them in a performance of my music. As a composer, it is always gratifying to be asked to conduct my own works with a Wind Symphony, but to hear such an outstanding group of musicians performing at such a high level of musical integrity was a special treat. What a fantastic wind symphony! Their professionalism, artistry and energy certainly make this one of the premiere community bands in the country, and certainly one of the musical crown jewels of Florida. Best wishes for continued success!”

–Robert Sheldon, Feb 2013

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