Desert Winds Freedom Band Shows a Lot of Class
A couple of months ago we had the pleasure of attending a wonderfully uplifting presentation by members of the Desert Winds Freedom Band. Our ears were witness to an oleo of concert band and jazz band music by familiar and notable composers including Leonard Bernstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, Stan Kenton and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Founded in 2001, it is comprised of dedicated musicians whose goal is to make great music together and serves the greater Palm Springs and Coachella Valley areas. Some are retired music professionals and others haven’t played since they graduated from high school or college. In all, DWFB is a diverse group open to all gay and gay-friendly musicians who like to play concert band music.
Besides the large concert band, DWFB has created numerous smaller ensembles to add to their community involvement, and to increase the playing opportunities for its members. The largest is the DWFB Jazz Band which is comprised of 21 musicians. Other ensembles include a Jazz Sextet, Saxophone Quartet and Brass Quintet that play numerous gigs around the area. Depending on scheduling, any of these groups are available to perform at your next function.
DWFB also hosts a variety of guest artists, both local and national. Performing at the event we attended was composer and guest composer, Rossano Galante, who conducted his composition, “San Andreas Landscapes”.
The band is also a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association (LGBA), which has member bands throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. The Desert Winds Freedom Band is proud to announce that they have been chosen to host the LGBA Annual Conference in Palm Springs on Pride Weekend (November 2-6
) in 2016. The theme will be California Gold—Palm Springs Style
. The weekend’s pinnacle event is the Saturday
evening concert comprised of two
150—person concert bands. And to wrap up the weekend, a 300-member marching band and color guard will be featured in the 2016 Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade on Sunday
For information about being a sponsor, and for tickets to upcoming performances, go to www.desertwindsfb.org