First Coast Wind Symphony

A Community Band Tradition in Jacksonville, Florida

New First Coast Wind Symphony Season Begins October 14!

Join us for the opening concert of the 2017/18 season, featuring James Barnes’ monumental “Third Symphony,” subtitled “Tragic.” In the composer’s words, “The work progresses from the deepest darkness of despair all the way to the brightness of fulfillment and joy.” Its emotional content is based on the death of the composer’s baby daughter Natalie and the subsequent birth of son Billy.

The opening concert is at Jacksonville University’s newly-renovated Terry Concert Hall on Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Also, don’t miss the Tuesday, October 24 (7:30 p.m. at JU) partner concert featuring the Philharmonistes des Pays de Vaucluse from Piolenc, France. We will host this wind orchestra in a memorable cultural exchange event!

Both concerts are free; donations gladly accepted. See you then!

Check out the very successful FCWS 2017 Austria tour here!

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

What composers are saying about the First Coast Wind Symphony.

“If one had the opportunity to attend a round-table discussion with composers Sam Hazo, Robert W. Smith, James Curnow, Robert Sheldon, Richard Saucedo, David Holsinger, and Mark Camphouse, it would most likely prove to be a very spirited exchange of seven decidedly different points of view regarding virtually all aspects of the creative process. But there would, most assuredly, be unanimous agreement on this important point: recognizing and saluting the significant musical achievements and educationally enriching activities of the First Coast Wind Symphony ... a first-rate ensemble that is clearly emerging as a key player in the American community band movement. And to Artie Clifton: bravo sir, on your artistic vision, superb musicianship, and dedication to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of the greater Jacksonville community.”

-Mark Camphouse, Feb. 2017

“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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