Recipient of the 2007-2008 John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Scroll
Above: Ric Best conducts the wind symphony at Carnegie Hall
Our next Full Band Rehearsal will be on Tuesday, April 18
@ Hardin valley Academy at 7:15p
This home page last edited Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:05 PM Eastern
Rossini Street Festival
April 22, 2017 @ 11:45 am
Instrumental Stage (Near the Bijou Theater), Knoxville, TN
For further details and further engagements, click here or on the Calendar tab at the top of the page.
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The Tennessee Wind Symphony (TWS) was founded in 1991. It presents a year-round series of concerts in a wide range of venues. It is dedicated to excellence in symphonic band performance and to providing quality band music to the people of Tennessee and the surrounding area. The band is under the direction of Dr. Ric Best. For information about him, click here.
In addition to a regular schedule of concerts in the East Tennessee area, the TWS has performed in Washington, DC, London, England and at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, and has received numerous awards and acclamations. TWS was the 2007-2008 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Scroll, North America's most prestigious award for community concert bands (for details of the Presentation Concert in February 2008 click here).
The band typically provides admission-free concerts, being a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in the State of Tennessee, and funded entirely through corporate sponsors, donations, and membership. For a list of our supporters, click here, where you'll also find details of various suggested donation packages. If you would like to make an individual donation for any amount using Paypal or your credit card, click the Donate button at the bottom of this screen, or write a check (click here for details).
If you play a band instrument to a reasonably good standard and you're interested in becoming a member of the band, please get in touch with us by clicking here or on the Contact button at the top of this page: you can be sure of a warm welcome. Equally, contact us if you would like to schedule a concert; we can tailor the music and band size to your tastes.
The bylaws of the organization can be viewed by clicking here.
The band is guided by an Executive Board, which is elected by the membership. The current Board positions are as follows:
Each year, the band designates one of its concerts as a Rising Star concert featuring one or more superiorly talented high-school musicians from the East Tennessee area. The musicians are selected by members of the band. Watch our Calendar for our next Rising Star concert.