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Savannah Winds

 Community Wind Symphony in residence at Armstrong

The Savannah Winds is a community wind symphony serving the Coastal Empire and is comprised of musicians from the greater Savannah area. The organization is presented by Armstrong State University's Department of Art, Music & Theatre. The role of the ensemble is to enhance the cultural climate and appreciation of music in the Coastal Empire by performing public concerts at a high artistic level, to provide a nurturing musical environment to talented young musicians in the company of mature and accomplished musicians, and to identify and support scholarship recipients for advanced musical training at Armstrong State University.

Formal concerts are held at Armstrong State University several times a year, including the annual “Ed and Friends” Pops Concert and the ever popular Patriotic Concert held on or around the fourth of July. In addition, Savannah Winds performs at venues outside Armstrong within the Coastal Empire. While Mark Johnson is the principal conductor, the band also uses guest conductors and offers the opportunity for students to hone their conducting skills.

Click here to learn more about Savannah Winds, including the mission and history of the symphony. 


Season tickets may be purchased below. Click here for a digital file of the Savannah Winds Brochure.

 For individual tickets, click here. 


The members of the Savannah Winds Symphony include musicians from the general community, music teachers, band directors, selected college and high school students, and members of the military. All new members must audition. Audition materials include: Current GMEA 11/12 level All-State Solo, two major scales, and a chromatic scale. Audition materials may be located on the GMEA website:  Auditions may be scheduled with section leaders by contacting principal conductor/music director, Mark B. Johnson.

For more information or how to join contact:

Mr. Mark B. Johnson
Conductor/Music Director
Fine Arts Hall 124

Why do they join?

  • To meet others in the community. —Nathan Currie, 3rd Infantry Division Band, Fort Stewart, Georgia
  • For the opportunity to grow musically. —Julie Futch, Armstrong student
  • To have performance and playing opportunities. —Christina J. Walker, band director


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