Mountain Winds’ first concert to be held at WCU

Mountain Winds, a community band, will performs its inaugural concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The group will perform John Philip Sousa’s march “The Thunderer,” Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat and Samuel R. Hazo’s “Southern Hymn,” among other pieces.

Mountain Winds is open to adults in Western North Carolina who have experience performing in either a high school or college band. It is a nonprofit group supported by donations, sponsors and grants, with the love of music uniting diverse members who range in age from 18 to 75.

“This concert group was formed to provide community members the opportunity to perform in a concert band after their formal schooling,” said leader Jon Henson, assistant director of WCU’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. “The common thread shared by all members is the love of music and performing with friends.”

The concert is sponsored by WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.

For more information, call 828-227-2711 or send an email to