Alabama Winds, an all-adult community wind band based in Alabaster, Alabama, was organized in the summer of 2013 and is comprised primarily of practicing music educators residing throughout the state of Alabama. Members travel from as far as Huntsville, Auburn, and Enterprise to rehearsals, which are held in Birmingham, Alabama. The normal rehearsal schedule for the ensemble is one three-hour rehearsal each month, performing concerts annually in December and May. Additional rehearsals for special performances are scheduled on an “as needed” basis.
The mission of the Alabama Winds is to foster and promote the appreciation of high-quality wind band music through performances of artistic merit for our audience, the residents of the state of Alabama and the members of the ensemble. The Alabama Winds has provided scholarships for middle school and high school students to attend summer music camps and provides a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who will be pursuing a career in music education.
The Alabama Winds has performed at the 2015 and 2019 Alabama Music Educators’ Association In-Service Conference, the 2016 University of Alabama High School Honor Band Festival, the 2017 Alabama Bandmasters’ Association District VI Honor Band Festival, the 2017 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, the 2019 Alabama Bandmasters’ Association District I Honor Band Festival the 2020 Samford University Honor Band Festival, the 2021 Western International Band Clinic, and will perform for the 2023 University of Tennessee Chattanooga Honor Band.