About San Diego Winds

"Music making is one of the true models for world peace, and ought to be the basis for all education."
- David Maslanka, Three Time Winner of NEA Composer Award

San Diego Winds Mission Statement

The mission of the San Diego Winds and affiliated projects is to further though performance and education, the artistic, aesthetic and expressive capabilities of the wind band.


San Diego Winds is a professional wind ensemble. Our musicians from the Southern California region dedicate themselves to the advancement of great music for winds and the promotion of the wind ensemble as an artistic medium.

The San Diego Winds Project was founded by passionate music educators who know the transformative power of great music. They have devised innovative educational programs which bring people in direct contact with great music for the purpose of enhancing creativity and self-expression. These programs include:



History of San Diego Winds


The San Diego Winds began as a conversation between Eric Weirather and James Sepulvado in 2008. The two San Diego area high school band directors were on a long drive home from Reno having traveled to watch the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble perform at the CBDNA Regional conference at the University of Nevada, Reno. After hearing the inspired performance featuring Give Us This Day by David Maslanka the two directors had the opportunity to talk with their former teacher and conductor Gregg Hanson as well as Composer David Maslanka who was present at the performance. In the course of that conversation the issue of professional Wind Ensembles was brought up and David Maslanka asked "Do you think San Diego could support such a group?". The car ride home saw furious brainstorming and a long ranging discussion of everything a professional Wind Ensemble can mean to the artistic community and to the community as a whole. By the time Eric and James arrived home the idea was fully born and they set about recruiting people to join their cause. 

Over the course of the first few months the founding board took shape which included prominent music educators in the San Diego area Russ Sperling and John Dally as well as former band parents and professionals Leann Wingo and Jodienne Gresens. By 2009 the San Diego Winds had non-profit status and presented its inaugural concert at the Balboa Theater in downtown San Diego. Ever since the San Diego Winds has experienced exponential growth with a myriad of innovative educational outreach programs and one of the country's only professional Wind Ensembles.