The Northwinds Symphonic Band was organized in 1984 as a performance outlet for adult musicians, primarily music educators, in the north Georgia area. It occurred to Ron Evans, founder and conductor of the ensemble that many band directors and music teachers in the area were performing musicians on the instrument they studied.
With the blessing and encouragement of area teachers, Evans organized and conducted the group, originally known as The North Georgia Wind Symphony. The Wind Symphony played several concerts for the community and was invited in 1986 to perform for the Georgia Music Educators State Convention. The concert was a resounding success and received an enthusiastic ovation from the many music educators present.
In 1988 the Wind Symphony was invited once again to perform its very popular “Tribute to John Philip Sousa” in conjunction with the national effort to have Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” named as the official march of the United States.
In 1997 the name of the organization was changed to The Northwinds Symphonic Band, and it continues to perform a series of concerts throughout the year. The ensemble has performed for the Georgia Music Educators on five different occasions, and it continues to perform a series of concerts throughout the year. Notable guest conductors and soloists who have performed with the band include Dr. John Paynter, Northwestern University, Dr. Dwight Satterwhite of the University of Georgia, Dr. John Culvahouse of Kennesaw State University, Dr. Robert Rumbelow of Columbus State University, Robert Sheldon, composer and conductor, Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, Conductor Emeritus of the United States Air Force Band, Colonel John R. Bourgeois, Conductor of the U. S. Marine Band, Dr. James Zingara, Troy University, Adam Frey, Euphonium, Dr, D. Ray McClellan, former clarinet soloist with the U. S. Marine Band, Sam Skelton, Alto Saxophone.
The Northwinds Symphonic Band roster includes band directors, both active and retired, music teachers, college students, professional musicians and several players who pursue an occupation outside the field of music.