Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra

Reviewed in 2021 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

100% complete

$2,500 Goal

In its 32nd season, the Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra continues to provide a high-quality musical outlet for residents of Placer, Sacramento, and Yuba counties. During the pandemic the Winds continues to produce music by creating a series of "At Home" performances. Band members records their parts at home and the resulting recordings are combined to produce the final performance. Under the direction of Dr. Robert Halseth, Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus, Sacramento State University, the 50-member volunteer ensemble remains one of the region's premier community-based concert bands, drawing on the artistic skills of amateur and semi-professional musicians alike. Many of the Winds members have played with the Sacramento, Camellia, Folsom, and other symphonies, as well as with notable military bands. The Winds are well-known for their varied musical repertoire, and they particularly delight in performing works by contemporary composers.

In December 2015, the Sierra Nevada Winds was awarded the Sudler Silver Scroll from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, North America's most prestigious award for community concert bands. The Winds is only the third California-based concert band to be awarded this honor since its inception in 1987.

A key mission of the Winds is fostering and promoting primary and secondary music education in local schools. This has become increasingly important in California, with education budget challenges and resulting cuts to performing arts programs. Many of the ensemble's members are music educators, which provides the group with a direct link to the classroom. When possible, members of the Winds visit music classes to provide free clinics and instruction. In addition, the full ensemble performs two sold-out children's concerts per year at the Roseville Theater Arts Academy. In 2019 and 2020 the Winds also performed additional children's concerts at Yuba College in Linda, providing many children with exposure to a live performing arts experience not otherwise available.

Private donations allow the Winds to offer complimentary tickets to primary and secondary music students to attend its Fall and Spring concert series and experience live band music. Donations and dues paid by the band members also offset the cost of general liability insurance, conductor fees, rehearsal and concert hall rentals, and other operating expenses.

In 2018, the Winds strengthened its link to the classroom by assuming management of the Northern California Wind Conducting Symposium, an annual event dedicated to advanced conducting training for music educators.

They hope to resume their in-person concerts in the Spring of 2022.


The Sierra Nevada Winds provides audiences with performances featuring the finest traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music. Programs are chosen to educate, stir the spirit, and provide emotional and intellectual gratification for both musicians and listeners. The SNW aims to enhance music education and live music participation for area youth; expose audiences to a broad range of band and wind ensemble literature; and showcase the musical talent of the area's musicians and music teachers.


Continue our capital improvement program for $25,000 for new tympani and mallet percussion instruments.

Technology - $3000. Technical and/or in-kind services for recording and disseminating concert recordings.

Sponsorship - $10,000 for performance venue rental fees at a major local concert venue.

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Organization name

Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra

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Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Funding: Other, Technology, Funding: Program

Demographics Served

Seniors, Youth & Children


513 Main Street
Wheatland, CA 95692

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Sacramento, CA, US

Placer, CA, US

Yuba, CA, US



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