The Contra Costa Wind Symphony is made up of dedicated artists with a common love of performing high quality symphonic band music. While based in Walnut Creek CA, its talented volunteer musicians hail from throughout Contra Costa County and beyond. Regular concerts are performed in a professional venue in the heart of Walnut Creek CA -- the Lesher Center for the Arts. Featured are modern compositions written specifically for wind symphonies. Also performed is music ranging from swing and jazz through traditional band favorites.
The CCWS has a long history of promoting new music and has presented 5 world premieres, 15 United States premieres and 17 West Coast premieres. The CCWS, as part of a commissioning consortium, was one of the first ensembles in the United States to perform Symphony No. 10: The River of Time by David Maslanka.
The ensemble was formed in 1980. It has been conducted by Dr. Duane Carroll, who retired at the end of the 2014-2015 season. Brad Hogarth was appointed CCWS's Music Director and Conductor beginning with the 2015-2016 season. He has now been succeeded by Dr. Luis Zuñiga.
Watch and listen to the CCWS here. And visit our YouTube Channel.
To learn more about CCWS and to read about its roots see the History page.