The Gold Coast Wind Ensemble
Named the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, a call for accomplished musicians went out and the first rehearsal was held in January 1991. Among the co-founders, Clint Dawley was selected as conductor and Michael Doty as associate conductor.
The all-volunteer organization has two primary goals: first, to provide a challenging musical experience for fine local musicians and second, to enhance the artistic life in Ventura County. To this end, the organization is based on the principle of fine performance of quality concert band and wind ensemble repertoire. Due to the demanding nature of the musical literature, membership in the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble is by invitation and audition.
The ensemble has been active throughout the Southern California area. Aside from its own concert schedule, the GCWE has participated in exchange concerts with the Riverside Winds, performed for the Simi Valley, CA, and Ramona, CA, Community Concert Associations, the Thousand Oaks Friends of the Library, and was invited to perform at the gala 100th birthday celebration of famed writer/artist/ceramicist Beatrice Wood at the Happy Valley Foundation in Ojai, CA. At the final concert of its 1996-1997 season, the GCWE was privileged to play under the baton of world-famous conductor Dr. Frederick Fennell at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Fred Kavli Theatre.
"We play for the love of music, for ourselves, and for those who listen to us."
Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (View)
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, CA 93030
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