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The Golden West Winds is part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, California. Comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, this ensemble supports a wide variety of musical events ranging from military ceremonies and patriotic shows to educational programs and recitals of original works for woodwind quintet. To support these events the Golden West Winds plays music of all styles including marches, jazz and classical music.

Tailoring every show to its audience, the Golden West Winds performs a variety of different community relations concerts throughout the western United States. The group can perform several completely distinctive shows at any time. Their “Americana” show is suitable for any audience while the educational show is specialized young students. The recital program is perfect for any concert hall or chamber music series.

The Golden West Winds’ innovative music education program allows the group to share their enthusiasm and expertise in a lively, interactive concert presented to elementary students. For middle school through college school students, the quintet provides concerts, clinics, and master classes. In this capacity, The Golden West Winds has performed at schools such as the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the University of Redlands. The ensemble’s recital show was featured in 2012 at the Camerata Musica concert series as well as the College of the Siskiyous Performing Arts Series.

The members of the Golden West Winds are all professional Air Force musicians working in support of Air Force and Air Mobility Command official military recruiting and community relations objectives.

Click on the links below to hear audio samples from the Golden West Winds:

Wind Quintet No. 2 in D minor, Mvt III Presto – Giuseppe Maria Cambini

Hands Across the Sea – J.P. Sousa, arr. TSgt Mark Craig

Horn concerto in E-flat major, K. 447, Mvt III, Rondo – W.A. Mozart, arr. TSgt Mark Craig

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