Alberta Winds was formed in 2003 in recognition of the strong tradition of wind music within Alberta, and in response to a growing need for a high-caliber Wind Ensemble in Calgary. Formed and given a strong foundation by Artistic Director Dr. Mark Hopkins, the ensemble continued to evolve over the years under the direction of former Artistic Director Dr. Jeremy Brown. Gareth Jones appeared as a Guest Conductor during the 2008-2009 season and is now serving as the ensemble’s Artistic Director.
Committed to providing audiences with a wide variety of repertoire, this prestigious group performs music that spans all genres and appeals to music lovers young and old. The ensemble is comprised of some of the best wind musicians in Alberta, and includes freelance performers, private instructors, music teachers, and clinicians. Keeping our ticket prices low ensures our music is accessible by all.
As the ensemble has developed, it has also recognized the need to foster quality musicianship at the secondary and post-secondary education levels. Alberta Winds partners with local senior high school bands in some of its concerts, and offers low cost admission for students registered in secondary school music programs.