The First Coast Wind Ensemble brings the best in wind music to Northeast Florida
Celebrating our 25th Season!
Read a special Letter from the Chair celebrating our 25th Season
"What a pleasure and thrill it was for me to work with the First Coast Wind Ensemble! The group is comprised of highly motivated and talented musicians who share a passion for music and performance. It was an honor to conduct and compose for the group. I look forward to returning at the first opportunity! Sincere thanks and best wishes to all!""
Robert W. Smith, Feb 2015
"An amazing musical experience…..guest conducting the First Coast Wind Ensemble, under the expert direction of a masterful musician like Artie Clifton, was a delightful pleasure. Conducting musicians who enjoy each other both musically and socially creates a wonderful atmosphere for excellent music making. You are FANTASTIC! Thank you!"
James Curnow, Feb 2014
"My sincere thanks to Artie Clifton and the First Coast Wind Ensemble for inviting me to share a concert with them in a performance of my music. As a composer, it is always gratifying to be asked to conduct my own works with an ensemble, but to hear such an outstanding group of musicians performing at such a high level of musical integrity was a special treat. What a fantastic wind ensemble! Their professionalism, artistry and energy certainly make this one of the premiere community bands in the country, and certainly one of the musical crown jewels of Florida. Best wishes for continued success!"
Robert Sheldon, Feb 2013
"Guest Conducting the First Coast Wind Ensemble will go down as one of my fondest memories as a conductor, music educator and composer! The quality by which this professional sounding ensemble promotes the arts through concerts and outreach programs makes them one of the most influential and relevant ensembles of our time!"
Richard L. Saucedo, Feb 2012
"The First Coast Wind Ensemble is a hidden gem on the verge of greatness! Marvelous musicians under marvelous leadership! Wind and Percussion fans take note. These are concerts you will NOT want to miss!"
David Holsinger, Feb 2011