The Colorado Wind Ensemble

CWE welcomes guest narrator Charley Samson of Colorado Public Radio on our upcoming concert, An American Journey, on February 13 at the Lakewood Cultural Center (click the link at the right).  Charley will narrate Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, a moving tribute to our great president.

CWE’s 2015-2016 Concert Season includes innovative works by Gunther Schuller, Carter Pann, and Jonathan Newman; classics by Aaron Copland, Vincent Persichetti, and Morton Gould; monumental standards by Bach and Mussorgsky; and fantastic collaborations with the Queen City Jazz Band, narrator Charley Samson, guest conductor John Locke, and soprano Michelle Thompson.

Please come and hear our concerts at the King Center, Littleton United Methodist Church, the Lakewood Cultural Center, and St Andrew United Methodist Church.


CWE Welcomes New Conductor, Dr. David Kish
The Colorado Wind Ensemble is thrilled to welcome Dr. David Kish as the new conductor and musical director of the Colorado Wind Ensemble!

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.

“I am honored to have been selected as the next Conductor and Musical Director of the Colorado Wind Ensemble!  I look forward to the immense challenge of following Matt Roeder and Martha Cox in this position.”




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, with chamber music, summer band in the park, and educational outreach concerts with students filling out our season.