As we celebrated our 34th season of performing beautiful wind music for Puget Sound-area music lovers, we were in transition. After our long-time conductor, Dr. Ed Powell, stepped down to pursue other opportunities, we were excited to treat our audience to not one, but four accomplished guest conductors for the 2018-19 concert series. They are all experienced Puget Sound-area music professionals in their own right, and each one brings a unique conducting style paired with an amazing depth of talent.

We are currently working with our guest conductors and the members of the Wind Symphony to determine who our next conductor will be for many seasons to come!

Concert I: Sunday, October 14, 2018 2PM

Jacob Scherr

A passionate music educator, Jacob Scherr has been the director of bands and orchestras at Mount Vernon High School since fall 2009. Mr. Scherr also co-founded the Whatcom Wind Ensemble, a community band located in Bellingham, Washington.

Concert II: Sunday, January 27, 2019 2PM

Dr. John Falskow

Dr. John Falskow is Director of Instrumental Music at Tacoma Community College, and conducts the TCC Orchestra and TCC Symphonic Band. He is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble.

Concert III: Sunday April 28, 2019 2PM

Parker Bixby

Mercer Island High School Director of Bands Parker Bixby is entering his 21st year of teaching in the Mercer Island School District. He conducts the Islander Marching Band, three MIHS concert bands, and the award-winning MIHS Percussion Ensemble.

Concert IV: Saturday, June 15, 2019 7PM

Dr. Ron Gerhardstein

Before becoming Assistant Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of Bands at Pacific Lutheran University, Dr. Gerhardstein served as Director of Instrumental and Vocal Music at West Valley High School in Yakima.