Concert in Santa Fe for 2021 ABC Convention

Dear Colleagues:

As many of you may recall, the possibility of the LA Winds performing at the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands was mentioned at several rehearsals a few months ago. Now, however, the time has come to see if we can turn a possibility into a reality. The 2021 Convention will be in Santa Fe, NM. Click here to see info about this years’ Convention in Virginia and see what the event is all about.

We will need to submit materials and recordings in order to be accepted to participate, after which (if we are accepted on or about Sept. 1, 2020) we’ll know the date of our performance – either 4/28, 4/29, 4/30 or 5/1 of 2021.

Before we begin the process of applying to participate, we need to know that we can send a representative band of at least 70 players to perform at this prestigious conference. The tentative plan is for band members to provide their own transportation (c.12 hours of drive time to Santa Fe) or 2-hour plane flight (LAX to Albuquerque. Cost = c. $200 for a roundtrip ticket). We’ll provide transportation funds from Albuquerque to Santa Fe if you fly to Albuquerque ($25 credit to be applied to roundtrip train or bus shuttle or car rental to Santa Fe).

Direct flights to Santa Fe are approximately $320. Some may wish to use accumulated airline miles. Costs for a two-night stay (for double occupancy rooms and an LA Winds Band Banquet in Santa Fe) will be approximately $15,000 for our 70-piece band. The Board of Directors of the LA Winds will utilize surplus funds from previous seasons, as well as additional funding sources, to cover these Room and Banquet expenses. Band members need only pay for their transportation to Albuquerque or Santa Fe. You may, of course and at your own expense, extend you stay in Santa Fe or participate in the Convention Band which will include players from all over the USA. Details on the convention band will follow—if we apply and are accepted to perform.

This model of combining member funds and organization funds to pay for long distance trips has been used successfully by the LA Winds for trips throughout the Western USA, Chicago, New York, Canada, Europe and Asia. I’m personally very excited about another LA Winds major tour. This is just the kind of event that we’ll all be talking about for many years to come!

Please complete the following survey. Your responses will let us know if a return to LA Winds multi day band tours is possible for spring 2021 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Survey Question:
Would you like to participate in the 2021 LA Winds tour to Santa Fe?

Click here to reply

– An answer of “Yes” means you will would be able get to Santa Fe using your own methods at your expense. You understand you will receive accommodations (double occupancy) for 2 nights and attend the LA Winds Band Banquet in Santa Fe at no additional cost. You may also extend your stay and/or participate in the convention band at your own expense.

– An answer of “Yes, with financial help” means you would be able get to Santa Fe with some financial help. You understand you will receive accommodations (double occupancy) for 2 nights and attend the LA Winds Band Banquet in Santa Fe at no additional cost. You may also extend your stay and/or participate in the convention band at your own expense.

– An answer of “No” means you will not be able to participate in the tour.

Please complete this survey before Saturday, February 22 to ensure your response is counted in the results.

Many thanks for your help, and thanks also for your hard work at both the sectional and full rehearsals for our upcoming “Stars of the LA winds” concert!

See you Monday night, February 24 at Stelle Middle School

All the best,
Stephen Piazza, Director
Los Angeles Symphonic Winds

March 15th Concert – Rehearsal Order

Monday, February 17th: Sectional Rehearsals. Work on technically challenging parts, in particular those that occur in Molly on the Shore, Barnum and Bailey, Hands Across the Sea, Forward and Bells for Stokowski.  We’ll have lots of rehearsal time on Bells so make sure the others are in good shape technically.

Monday, February 24th: Keber, Grainger, Joplin (Treemonisha), Hands  INT Bells

Monday, March 2nd: Massenet, Barnum, Forward, Bells INT Bells, Domine

Monday, March 9th: Keber, Hands, Massenet, Barnum, Grainger, Forward INT Joplin, Bells

Friday, March 13th: Program Order: Forward, Hands, Grainger, Massenet, Domine INT Barnum, Keber, Joplin, Bells

Sunday, March 15th: Concert Calabasas High School Performing Arts and Education Center at 2:30 PM, Sound check at 11:30 AM.

Link to our event calendar on the LA Winds site.
Link to the member portal for Dropbox and Band Announcements.

LA Winds (2019-20 Season): Important Events

Upcoming Important Events
Concerts & Rehearsals

  • Thursday, February 27thCommunity Outreach Concert with Instrument Demo at Pacoima Middle School, 9919 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima. Instrument set-up at noon, Sound check from 1:00-1:45 PM followed by Concert with Instrument Demo at 2:00 PM. Instrument master classes from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.
  • Sunday, April 5thChamber Concert (Mahler Project) at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge. Mahler Project Performance at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. Sound check from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Concert at 2:30 PM. (Performers include Rivera, An, Knecht, Mitchell, Beaumont, Armstrong). Rehearsal venues TBA at 7:15-9:30 PM on Tuesday, March 24th, Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, March 31st.
  • Sunday, May 5thGreat American Composers Tribute Concert (Subscription Concert 5) at Agoura Hills Performing Arts and Education Center, 28545 W. Driver Ave., Agoura Hills. Sound check 11:00 AM, Concert 2:30 PM. Rehearsals at Alice C. Stelle Middle School on consecutive Mondays, April 6th, April 13th, April 20thand April 27th plus the dress rehearsal on Friday May 1st. Repertoire to be announced.
  • Sunday, May 17thChamber Music Concert as part of the VBS guest lecture series at Valley Beth Shalom Temple, 15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino. Sound check from 11:00 AM to Noon, Concert from 12:20 to 1:00 PM. Performers arrive at 11:00 AM for set up and lunch (for musicians, too!).  Personnel and Rehearsals TBA.
  • Sunday, June 7thTex-Mex Dinner Concert at the Disabled American Veterans Facility Picnic Grounds, 6543 Corbin Ave., Woodland Hills. LA Winds joined by Flight 584 Jazz Band and BBQ Dinner served to all attendees. Picnic at 6:00PM and Sunset Concert at 7:00PM. Rehearsals scheduled for Monday, May 18th and Monday, June 1st.
  • Sunday, August 23rd. Huntington Beach Joint Concert at the Huntington Beach Central Park, 18381 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach – Summer Band Concert Series. Rehearsals at 7:15PM on Monday, August 10th and August 17th at Alice C. Stelle Middle School.

Link to our event calendar on the LA Winds site.
Link to the member portal for Dropbox and Band Announcements.

Library Notice 1-25-2020

Dear Band Members,

I am almost finished uploading the PDF’s for our next concert. Most of it is ready, including “Bells for Stokowski” which I suggest you take a look at ASAP- a very challenging work. The link should be the same:

If you have any questions or issues accessing the music, please let me know right away.

Michael Ryan Armstrong

“Stars of the LA Winds” Rehearsals & Repertoire


Forward – Hokoyama
Hands Across the Sea– Sousa (O’Connor conduct)
Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite (Thurow conduct)
Molly on the Shore (Armstrong conduct)
Meditation from Thais (Pizzi soloist)
Lauren Keber Piece
Concerto for Guitar (Domine)
Tresimona (Joplin/Fernandez)
Bells for Stokowski — Daugherty

Monday, February 3rd
Monday, February 10th
Monday, February 17th (Sectional rehearsals – locations TBA)
Monday, February 24th
Monday, March 2nd
Monday, March 9th
Friday, March 13th (Dress rehearsal)
Link to the LA Winds site – rehearsal events page.

Rehearsal Schedule for the 12/22 Holiday Concert

LA Winds Rehearsal Schedule
Holiday Spectacular Concert
December 22, 2019

December 2, 2019 Rehearsal

  • Sheldon, A Most Wonderful Christmas
  • Sparke, Sunrise at Angel’s Gate
  • Night, Faith of a Child
  • *** Short Break ***
  • Ito, Gloriosa – Symphonic Poem

December 9, 2019 Rehearsal

  • Anderson, A Christmas Festival
  • Kibbe, Hanukkah Joy
  • Sheldon, A Most Wonderful Christmas
  • Sparke, Sunrise at Angel’s Gate
  • *** Short Break ***
  • Ito, Gloriosa – Symphonic Poem

December 16, 2019 Rehearsal

  • Joles, A Merry Sing-along
  • Night, Faith of a Child
  • Kibbe, Hanukkah Joy
  • *** Short Break ***
  • Ito, Gloriosa – Symphonic Poem

December 20, 2019 (Dress) Rehearsal (Concert Order)

  • Anderson, A Christmas Festival
  • Night, Faith of a Child
  • Kibbe, Hanukkah Joy
  • Joles, A Merry Sing-along
  • Ito, Gloriosa – Symphonic Poem
  • *** Intermission ***
  • Sheldon, A Most Wonderful Christmas
  • Sparke, Sunrise at Angel’s Gate
  • Joles, A Merry Sing-along

November 24th Concert Tickets

Hello Band Members:

If you are interested in buying Band Member Tickets at $10 each for the next concert, we will use the same process used for the last concert, but starting one rehearsal earlier.

At rehearsal starting on Monday, 10/28, there will be an order sheet to request tickets at a Band Member Special Price of $10 each (regular price is $30). The sheet will also be available at the 11/4rehearsal. All orders and payments must be submitted by 11/4.

Add your name and # of tickets requested to the order sheet, and make you payment in cash or check (made payable to ‘Los Angeles Symphonic Winds’) to Steve Woloshin, Susan Anderson or Beatrice Luna when you sign up.

Tickets will be distributed to you at the 11/18 rehearsal, and the 11/22 dress rehearsal for those who cannot attend on 11/18.

As before, special requests for seating will be accommodated where possible, but are not guaranteed. (We currently have sold about 50% of the hall, and “preferred seating” areas are sold out.)

Please contact Steve Woloshin with any questions. His email is:

Steve Woloshin

LA Winds Rehearsal Schedule for 11/24 Concert

10/21 Rach 15, Rach 4, Nevsky, Russian Sail, INT, Fest Ov, 1812

10/28 March Op. 99, 1812, Prelude and Folk Dance, Russian Sail, INT, Nevsky, Festive Overture

11/4 Fest Ov., Prelude and Folk Dance, Rach 4, Rach 15, Nevsky, INT, 1812


11/18 Salvation, March Op. 99, Fest. Ov., Nevsky, INT, 1812, Rach 15

11/22 Dress Rehersal, Order TBA

11/24 – 12:00 Sound Check; 2:30 Concert

Program Order:

  • Festive Overture
  • Salvation is Created
  • Russian Sailors Dance
  • Prelude and Folk Dances
  • “Battle on the Ice” from Alexander Nevsky (featuring SFVMC and Projected Visuals)
  • ****** Intermission ******
  • March Op. 99
  • Rachmaninoff Vespers 4 (Band alone)
  • Rachmaninoff Vespers 6 (Choir alone)
  • Rachmaninoff Vespers 15 (Band and Choir)
  • 1812 Overture (Band and Choir)

Band Member Tix 2019-10-06

Hello LA Winds Members,

As announced at the last rehearsal, if you would like to purchase tickets for friends and family for the next concert on 10/13, please sign the Ticket Order Sheet that will be available at tomorrow’s (10/7) rehearsal and bring payment in cash or check made out to “Los Angeles Symphonic Winds”. Band member tickets are $10 each.

Tickets for paid orders will be distributed Friday, 10/11 at the dress rehearsal. Unpaid orders will not be honored and your guest(s) will need to purchase a full-price ticket for $30 at the Box Office on Sunday, 10/13.

Steve Woloshin

Music For November Concert

Hello LA Winds Members,

About half the music for the November concert has been uploaded. Most of the music is in Dropbox and the rest will be up shortly. You can see which pieces are “coming soon” as the empty folders have been named as such.

The link is the same:

Thank you!

Best Regards,

Michael Ryan Armstrong
President/C.E.O, Armstrong Orchestral