Arizona Wind Symphony presents: An American Salute

The Arizona Wind Symphony salutes veterans with a special matinee performance on Veterans Day. For this concert, the AWS is proud to share the stage with the Coastal Communities Concert Band from Carlsbad, California. Two years ago, the AWS ventured to California to share their stage. Now the Wind Symphony returns the favor.

The Arizona Wind Symphony will provide the Arizona premier of Symphony No. 1 by Onsby Rose. This work was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force band and 73 other musical organizations. Set in four movements, three depict aspects of the military (I. From the Sea, II. From Above and III. From Land) while the final movement pays tribute to all who have fallen.

The balance of presentation by the Arizona Wind Symphony salutes America, our Land of Liberty and those who have fought for our country.

The Coastal Community Concert Band is celebrating 35 years of music, as they were founded in 1983. Those 35 years have provided the group with performances both domestically and overseas. The group is led by Tom Cole, a former educator. In 2007, Tom was honored with the California Band Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

In a program mixed between military melodies and familiar tunes associated with America, the Coastal Community Concert Band will certainly tug at your heart. The U.S. is honored with “American Salute,” “Yankee Doodle,” “Battle Cry of Freedom” and “Armed Forces 72.” This California ensemble present “Star Spangled Spectacular, Music of George Cohan” while also bringing a bit of their state to Arizona with “A Disney Celebration.”

What: An American Salute: A Salute to Veterans

When: 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 11, 2018

Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway

Tickets: $10 plus service fees; K-12 students $7; children under 6 years free.

Tickets are available at the TCA Box Office or through

Now in its 18th season, the Arizona Wind Symphony is under the musical direction of William J. Richardson. It has grown to be a 95-piece concert band comprised of adults whose careers cover a broad range, including teaching, health care, music professionals, computer science and many more. The common thread among the band members is to present music of the highest caliber. The group is a Tempe-based non-profit organization, funded in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the City of Tempe. You can find more information at Follow the Arizona Wind Symphony on Facebook by searching for “Arizona Wind Symphony.”