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The Minnesota Symphonic Winds (MSW) is an adult concert band that exists to: -provide continued musical education and performing opportunities for post-college age musicians -enhance, enrich and expand the musical experience available to adults in the greater Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) area. At our core is the idea that music enhances and adds value to the lives of those who perform, as well as the lives of the listening audience. We gather each week to rehearse because we know that music is good for the soul,
Founded in 1978, the Minnesota Symphonic Winds (MSW) delivers the finest symphonic concert band literature to audiences in the Twin Cities and around the world. The ensemble consists of more than 90 musicians who rehearse weekly from September through early June. In addition to being accomplished musicians, members of the group represent a diversity of professions.
MSW was originally under the direction of Miles H. "Mity" Johnson, who served for 37 years as professor of music at St. Olaf College and conductor of the St. Olaf Band. The ensemble has been under the leadership of principal conductor Timothy Mahr since 1999. William Webb has served as associate conductor since 1988.