U.S. Air Force Band of the West Clarinet Ensemble Features Exceptional Musicians Dedicated to Serving Country Through Music

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

The reputation of the United States Air Force Band of the West is undisputable. Additionally, their clarinet ensemble, Mission Winds, earns the same recognition for members’ musicianship. On Saturday, Aug. 23, the ensemble will present a free concert at 7 p.m. at Del Mar College.

The Mission Winds Clarinet quartet will perform in Richardson Performance Hall, located at Ayers and Kosar, on the College’s East Campus. For more information, call 698-2228 or go to www.delmar.edu/richardson.

Stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, the U.S. Air Force Band of the West is a musical organization with an outstanding record of achievement. Individuals assigned to the band are highly trained professional musicians who have dedicated themselves to serving their country through music.

A component of the Band of the West, the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet performs for civilian and military audiences throughout the southern region of the United States. Ensemble members bring to the U.S. Air Force many years of professional experience with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, touring shows and today’s popular artists.

Comprised of Eb, Bb and Bass Clarinets, the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet is dedicated to presenting to audiences the total spectrum of today’s musical literature. 

The group also supports music education through clinics and masterclasses to elementary through college-aged students and presents performance tours throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. 

Mission Winds has performed at various high schools, elementary schools, middle schools and universities as well as provided featured performances at Texas Music Educators Association conventions.

PHOTO:Members of the U.S. Air Force's Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet perform during one of their many appearances across the country. 

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