History

Some notable events:

The East Winds Symphonic Band was founded in 1981 by a trio of musicians looking to form a quality wind ensemble. In November of that year, there were 26 musicians on the roster. In 2009, we find 80 active musicians on the band’s roster. Throughout the growth of the band, the focus of the group has remained the same: to provide an outlet for community musicians to play quality concert band music.

Early rehearsals were held in Wilkinsburg. The band moved rehearsals to Forest Hills in the early 1990s and has been rehearsing at its current location, Trinity Christian School, since 1993.

Current conductor Susan Sands continues the tradition of previous conductors Jay Stivanson and Jim Rosetti, by leading the all-volunteer group through weekly rehearsals and numerous concerts throughout the year.

In 2004, EWSB began the Three Rivers Community Band Festival to highlight community bands throughout the Pittsburgh region. See the festival web site for more information.

At the end of 2008, EWSB was notified by the John Philip Sousa Foundation that they were the 2008 recipient of the Sudler Silver Scroll that the foundation administers. The Sudler Silver Scroll is North America’s most prestigious award for community concert band excellence and the band is honored and proud to have been recognized with this award.