Winnipeg Wind Ensemble History

The 50-member Winnipeg Wind Ensemble was formed in the fall of 1985 by band directors and other professional musicians dedicated to bringing wind band music of the highest quality to Winnipeg audiences.  The ensemble has been a guest on the Prairie Performances concert series and performed at Winnipeg New Music Festival, International Music Camp Summer Concerts, Optimist International Band Festival, Manitoba Senior Honour Band Concert and the  Mennonite Schools Festival in addition to the presentation of an annual concert series.

In concert, the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble regularly includes soloists and chamber groups from within its talented ranks.  They have also had the pleasure of featuring special guest artists, such as trumpet legend Armando Ghitalla, Rami Oren from the Israel Philharmonic and many soloists from within the ensemble.  The ensemble has performed alongside the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble, the Manitoba Senior Honour Band and other Winnipeg groups.

Artistic Director

Virginia Helmer


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Board of Directors

Chairperson – Vanessa Nowostawski
Business Manager – François Godére
Secretary – Jakki Woodcroft
Personnel Manager – Shannon Little
Librarians – Ginny Helmer & Cheryl Ferguson
Treasurer – Justin Fast
Advertising and Promotion Manager – Amanda Forest
Education and Outreach Manager – Bobbie Fast
Development Manager – Matt Abraham
Member at Large (receptions, student concert liaison) – Mariko Boorberg