A pleasing winter wind will soon blow in from Oshkosh.
On Dec. 8th, Wisconsin Symphonic Winds will celebrate its ten-year anniversary season with a special concert at Music Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. Since its inaugural season in 2004, WSW has celebrated a passion for complex, beautiful wind music.
WSW has played concerts every summer since its founding, including two consecutive years as part of the prestigious Green Lake Festival of Music and an appearance at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association state conference in Madison. Summer is the normal season for WSW, adding a special flare to the upcoming winter performance.
WSW is made up of more than fifty musicians, all volunteers coming from across Wisconsin. Most of the musicians from the inaugural season continue to play in WSW to this day.
The idea to create an adult, professional quality wind ensemble came from a conversation between Rob McWilliams, an associate professor of music at UW- Oshkosh, and Rand Skelton, a freelance musician. The idea received an overwhelmingly positive response from potential members, McWilliams explains, and, with the support of the UW-Oshkosh Department of Music,
WSW was born.
What makes WSW unique is its status as a professional-level group that is volunteer-based and works primarily in the off-season for symphonic orchestras. It is built solely upon a passion for music and bringing musicians together.
“The opportunity to perform some of the most significant repertoire for wind band at the highest level,” McWilliams says, is what is so valuable to members.
The Dec. 8th concert will be a joint performance of Percy Grainger's “Lincolnshire Posy” featuring WSW and the UW-Oshkosh Wind Ensemble. The performance begins at 3pm.