composer festival

About the Composer Festival


The San Diego Winds is dedicated to promoting the performance of high quality Wind Band literature. As such the San Diego Winds wanted to create a festival where students were able to not only perform high quality music but do work on that music with the composers themselves and world class conductors. It is from this foundation the composer festival was born.


From there it was decided that in order to celebrate a diverse body of literature the composer festival would alternate annually between living and deceased composers. During the years featuring a living composer's music, the composer themselves would be brought into San Diego to work with the students. In the years featuring the music of deceased composers an expert conductor who specializes in their music would be brought in to work with the students. This format has resulted in major opportunities for the music students of San Diego who have now had the opportunity to work with several amazing composers and conductors. 

History of the Composer Festival


Since its inception in 2010 the Composer Festival was welcomed some of the top Composers and Conductors in the Wind Band medium including: 

  • David Maslanka (2010)

  • Larry Curtis (2011)

  • Samuel Hazo (2012)

  • Anthony Maiello (2013)

  • Gregg Hanson (2014)

  • David Gillingham (2015)

  • Col. Lowell Graham (2016)

  • Dr. Thomas Lee (2017)

  • Brian Balmages (2018)

  • Gary Green (2019)

  • Rossano Galante (2020)

  • Dr. Peter Boonshaft (2022)