At the turn of the 19th century, America’s favorite form of entertainment was the brass band. By the mid-1880s, there were more than 10,000 active bands throughout the United States. From the largest city to the smallest rural village, professional and amateur brass bands provided the music for public events of all kinds

The Second Winds Community Band recaptures that unspoiled pleasure of the “Golden Age of American Bands” in its performance of authentic band music of the period right up through the modern music of today. The band features not only traditional marches of John Philip Sousa and Karl King, but also includes in its performances familiar musical overtures such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Pirates of the Caribbean. Second Winds gives new life to a wide variety of once-popular, but now largely forgotten, music for band, including descriptive overtures, ragtime pieces, and small ensemble pieces performed by Double fforte Sax Band, Recycled Brass, Second Winds Flute Choir and Second Winds Clarinet Quartet. Broadway Musicals, Patriotic Music, Big Band Swing of the 30s to 60s, and Rock ‘n Roll round out the band’s repertoire.

With the retirement of Patrick Lay in March 2012, the band is now under the Musical Direction of Mark Williams, a former Middle and High School music educator. He is currently an active trumpet player in several performing groups, and is also the Musical and Artistic Director of the Dayton Community Chorus.. Several of the band’s members are music educators, local professional musicians, former members of the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy bands, and serious amateurs. But most of all, the band is made of members of the community who come from all walks of life to perform strictly for the love of music and their desire to share their talents with their community neighbors.

Second Winds appeals to all of those who still fondly remember the days of concerts in the park; American music enthusiasts; and to music lovers of all ages who seek entertaining new musical experiences. The approximately 55 piece band will transport you back to the color, sound and verve of those bygone days.