From the Chair

On behalf of the First Coast Wind Symphony, I would like to welcome you to our 27th season of providing free performances of quality concert band music to communities and venues throughout Northeast Florida. Since 1990, the members of the FCWS have been honored to share their love of music and performing with the public. From marches, show tunes, and concert band standards, to movie music, modern music, and wind band arrangements of your classical favorites, our repertoire has been varied over the years, but our commitment to excellence has remained unchanged. We aim for our concerts to be both enjoyable and educational. So, while you might be pleased to hear a piece you have known and loved for years, you might also leave our performance having a better understanding of that selection’s history or meaning. At an FCWS concert, you are also likely to hear at least one composition that you have never heard before. So if you are not careful, you might even find yourself whistling the melody of a new favorite as you head home after the show.

This season, the FCWS is excited to be performing at Jacksonville University in a partner concert with the JU Wind Ensemble, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Redeemer Church, and at Arlington Baptist Church in our annual holiday concert with the Don Thompson Chorale. In 2017, we look forward to welcoming well-known composer Mark Camphouse to the podium, performing in a partner concert with the St. Johns All-County Middle School Honor Band, and performing our annual family concert at JU that includes the winners of our concerto competition. We are also extremely honored to be returning this season to one of our favorite venues, the Penney Retirement Community in Penney Farms, Florida.

While our concerts are free to the public, and our members and conductors donate their talents free of charge, the FCWS does have expenses. In order to offset the costs associated with activities ranging from purchasing music, printing programs, and transporting stands, chairs and percussion equipment, to bringing in world-renowned composer/conductors, and providing cash awards to the winners of our annual concerto competition, the FCWS relies on friends and supporters such as you to help keep the music going. So please explore this website further to learn about the different ways that you can help support Jacksonville’s premier community band.

I hope to see you at one of our performances soon!

Warmest Regards,

Perry Craver
Chairman, Board of Directors