The Colorado Wind Ensemble

The Colorado Wind Ensemble announces its 36th season in 2017-2018 with fabulous guest artists Richard and Peter Stoltzman and Joyce Shupe Kull, a new commission by composer Scott McAllister, guest conductors Ray Cramer and Martha Cox, a collaboration with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, and several showcases of student groups!

The mighty organ  –  the pipe organ, of course (and its electronic counterpart)!  Our February 10 and 11 concerts feature music with organist Joyce Shupe Kull, Bach, Grainger, high school bands, a new piece by Cherise Leiter, and more!  Hold on while we rattle the rafters with these glorious concert experiences in Pipes and Stops.

Looking ahead, we hope you will join us for a very special concert on April 7 featuring world-renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, his pianist son Peter Stoltzman, and guest composer Scott McAllister. Legacies will be the concert of the season with music by Leonard Bernstein and tremendous artistry by these wonderful guests.


CWE Conductor, Dr. David Kish

David Kish headshot 3David Kish, a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, is also Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands, and teaches conducting and music education courses. He serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Innovation, is founding director of the Metro State Wind Band Celebration, and is a recipient of the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award.



The Colorado Wind Ensemble is metro Denver’s urban wind symphony, featuring the versatile and sumptuous sounds of 45 woodwinds, brass, and percussion.  The CWE performs all around the region, playing everything from classics by Holst and Grainger to current contemporary sounds of Schwantner and Corigliano.  Formal season concerts, chamber music, summer band in the park, collaborations with other artists, and educational outreach with students are critical components of our vision.  Our mission is to present exceptional live performances of the various genres of music for woodwinds, brass, and percussion to audiences and students.  We hope you will join us!