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Empire Wind Ensemble to perform free patriotic concert June 12

The Empire Wind Ensemble will conclude their third season with “Stars & Stripes (And a Little Bit of Polka),” a concert of music by American composers, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at First Congregational Church of Redlands, 2 West Olive Avenue.

This event is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary.

The performance will include a medley of movie music by John Williams, “Pie in the Face Polka” by Henry Mancini, and Frank Ticheli’s rendition of “Shenandoah.” The ensemble will also perform American patriotic classics such as “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa and “America, the Beautiful” arranged by Carmen Dragon.

The Empire Wind Ensemble was formed to provide an opportunity for lifelong musical expression and enjoyment, to promote artistic enrichment in the Inland Empire, and to preserve the rich repertoire and cultural history of the wind band. Approximately 35 Inland Empire musicians will play in the concert.

For more information or to join the ensemble, visit www.empirewindensemble.org.

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Loma Linda Veteran Affairs Concert

The Empire Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of patriotic themed tunes from 11:30am-12:30pm Saturday, June 9 at the Loma Linda VA Hospital, 11201 Benton St., Loma Linda (Southside of Hospital Campus).

*Free Admission
*Free Parking
*Outdoor Concert
*Southside of Hospital Campus

The concert will be conducted by acclaimed Jessica Swanson with esteemed guest conductor Jeremy Sauer. The featured music selection included music from our Heroes Assemble! The performance will include an assortment of patriotic music.

The Empire Wind Ensemble was formed in June 2016 to provide an opportunity to lifelong musical expression and enjoyment, to promote artistic enrichment in the Inland Empire, and preserve the rich repertoire and cultural history of the wind band. The band is comprised of a collection of talented, dedicated musicians who combine a love of music with a desire to help others work together to achieve their highest musical potential. Approximately 35 Inland Empire musicians will played in the concert.

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Superheroes Assemble!

The Empire Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of Superhero themed tunes from 7-9pm Wednesday, April 27th at the Salvation Army Community Center, 2626 Pacific Street in Highland.

The concert, conducted by Jessica Swanson with guest conductor Jeremy Sauer, will feature a selection of heroic music from Bond … James Bond, Captain America March, Fanfare for the Common Man, I Am the Doctor, Man of La Mancha, The Mansions of the Lord, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Prince of Egypt, Superman and Who’s That Masked Man?

This event is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary, although donations are gladly accepted.

The Empire Wind Ensemble was formed in June 2016 to provide an opportunity for lifelong musical expression and enjoyment, to promote artistic enrichment in the Inland Empire, and preserve the rich repertoire and cultural history of the wind band. The band is comprised of a collection of talented, dedicated musicians who combine a love of music with a desire to help others work together to achieve their highest musical potential.

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Empire Wind Ensemble to Perform Holiday Classics at Free December 13 Concert

Yuletide Sleigh Ride Logo

The Empire Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of popular holiday titles from 7-9pm Wednesday, December 13 at the Salvation Army Community Center at 2626 Pacific Street in Highland.

The concert will be conducted by Jessica Swanson and guest conductor Jeremy Sauer. The performance will feature classics by Leroy Anderson, Brian Balmages, Chris Bernotas, Robert Brown, Samuel Hazo, John Moss, and James Stephenson.

This event is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary, although donations are gladly accepted.

The Empire Wind Ensemble was formed in June 2016 to provide an opportunity for lifelong musical expression and enjoyment, to promote artistic enrichment in the Inland Empire, and preserve the rich repertoire and cultural history of the wind band. The band is comprised of a collection of talented, dedicated musicians who combine a love of music with a desire to help others work together to achieve their highest musical potential. Approximately 35 Inland Empire musicians will play in the concert

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Empire Wind Ensemble introduces new guest conductor, seeks local musicians for band concert

The Empire Wind Ensemble welcomes guest conductor Benjamin Gonzalez as rehearsals begin for the ensemble’s May 24th concert. Gonzalez is a local musician who has been performing in and around the Inland Empire since 2002. With a background in music education, he has taught private instruction, small ensembles, and recently ended a 10 year position as director for the Sozo Jazz Band of Riverside. He will join Music Director Jessica Swanson and guest conductor Mark Szublewski on the podium for the ensemble’s May concert.

The band is also seeking local musicians to perform in the concert. All instruments are warmly welcomed, but there is an immediate need for french horn, clarinet, and percussionists.

Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00pm at the ​Women’s Club of San Bernardino, 503 West 31st Street in San Bernardino. The concert will take place at the Women’s Club on May 24th at 7:00pm and will include selections representing the seasons, from classic winter pieces to summer’s Stars and Stripes Forever.

The Empire Wind Ensemble was formed in June 2016 to provide an opportunity for lifelong musical expression and enjoyment, to promote artistic enrichment in the Inland Empire, and preserve the rich repertoire and cultural history of the wind band. The band is comprised of a collection of talented, dedicated musicians who combine a love of music with a desire to help others work together to achieve their highest musical potential.

For more information or to join the band, visit www.EmpireWindEnsemble.org or call 909-653-2393. Auditions are not required.

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Empire Wind Ensemble to Perform Famous Overtures in Free March 22nd Concert

The Empire Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of popular overtures from 7-9pm Wednesday, March 22 at the Women’s Club of San Bernardino. The performance will feature Dedicatory Overture by Clifton Williams, Jubilant Overture by Alfred Reed, Overture in B-flat by Caesar Giovannini, Overture for Winds by Charles Carter, Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, and Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith.

The concert will be conducted by Jessica Swanson, Mark Sczublewski, and James Ana. This event is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary, although donations are gladly accepted.

The Empire Wind Ensemble was formed in June 2016 to provide an opportunity for lifelong musical expression and enjoyment, to promote artistic enrichment in the Inland Empire, and preserve the rich repertoire and cultural history of the wind band. The band is comprised of a collection of talented, dedicated musicians who combine a love of music with a desire to help others work together to achieve their highest musical potential. Approximately 35 Inland Empire musicians will play in the concert.

More information about the Empire Wind Ensemble is available online at www.empirewindensemble.org.

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Empire Wind Ensemble Inaugural Concert

The new Empire Wind Ensemble will perform its inaugural concert from 7-9pm September 28 at the Women’s Club of San Bernardino. The performance will feature concert band repertoire from 20th century wind band composers including Reineke, McBeth, and Swearingen. The concert will be conducted by local music educators Jessica Swanson and Gary Toms. The concert is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary, although donations are gladly accepted.

The Empire Wind Ensemble was formed in June 2016 to provide an opportunity for lifelong musical expression and enjoyment, to promote artistic enrichment in the Inland Empire, and preserve the rich repertoire and cultural history of the wind band. The band is composed of a collection of talented, dedicated musicians who combine a love of music with a desire to help others work together to achieve their highest musical potential. Approximately 35 Inland Empire musicians will play in the inaugural concert.