Founded in the Fall of 2001, the Desert Winds Symphonic Band is a very diverse group, open to all gay and gay-friendly musicians whose goal is to make great music together. Many of our musicians are retired music professionals, and others haven’t played since they graduated high school or college. We are a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association (LGBA) and an established 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization. Under the direction of the talented Dean McDowell, we not only have an 80+ member symphonic band, we also have numerous smaller ensembles. Depending on scheduling, any of these groups are available to perform at various functions and special events.