Now in its 18th season, the Arizona Wind Symphony (AWS) entertains Tempe and surrounding communities with an enjoyable variety of music in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Under the baton of William J. Richardson, the AWS is a 90-piece concert band comprised of musicians passionately committed to presenting music of the highest caliber. AWS is comprised of music professionals, non-professionals and students. Joined together by a shared joy and commitment to the arts, AWS musicians are proud to share their time and talents for enriching the cultural landscape of our community.
A registered 501c3 non-profit, the Arizona Wind Symphony is partially supported by funding from the City of Tempe, the Arizona Commission of the Arts, Friends of TCA, and donors like you!
The Great American Road Trip
Oct 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm | $12 & $15
Take a musical journey through America’s great landscapes, along with our annual patriotic salute to the armed services. Our traditional fall concert highlights everything that is good about our country. From sea to shining sea and the wide-open spaces in between, you’ll find music that stirs your soul. With Veteran’s Day just around the corner, salute our armed services and those who serve.
'Tis the Season
Dec 5 | 7:00 pm | $12 & $15
Delight your spirits and lift your voices in this holiday extravaganza. Celebrate all that the holidays offer with AWS and a surprise guest or two! Escape the crush and stress of the shopping crowd and give your mind and soul a lift. We’ll likely have a surprise or two to make this season memorable.
3-2-1 Blast Off!
Jan 15 | 7:00 pm | $12 & $15
Travel to musical worlds beyond our galaxy. A presentation that will leave you “out of this world”! Let your ears lead you to a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. Set your imagination soaring. We’re sure to include music from your TV and movie sci-fi favorites.
Music in Technicolor
Feb 26 | 7:00 pm | $12 & $15
What’s the color of our sounds? We will amaze you with the kaleidoscope of tones and harmonies of our music. Music – and emotions it evokes – reflects one or several colors of the rainbow. Blues - grays - green - indigo, you’ll be challenged and delighted in the spectrum of our selections.
Apr 9 | 7:00 pm | $12 & $15
Ladies and gentlemen! Prepare to be thrilled by your AWS performing amazing musical feats of the big top. Circus magic, yes — but much more! Many of the original wind bands come from the circus so it’s no surprise many composers created pieces for “the greatest showman.” This one will be “fun for all ages!”
Mixin' It Up
May 21 | 7:00 pm | $12 & $15
Our season-ending extravaganza presents a variety of performances and musical surprises on a smaller group level. Ensembles ranging in size from a few players to half of our large group will play selections of a more classical and traditional nature. Other performing artists of our community will combine with our instrumentalists to create a unique collaborative experience.