The Wind Symphony is an ensemble of 55 to 60 wind, brass and percussion players who are high school seniors or younger. Directed by Nicholas Williams, the GDYO Wind Symphony performs four to five concerts annually throughout the DFW Metroplex.
The ensemble performs works such as: Bernstein’s Overture to "Candide", John Mackey's Strange Humors, Frank Ticheli Symphony No. 2, Gillingham's Symphony No. 2, Holst's Suite in E-flat, Steven Bryant's Suite Dreams, Mark Camphouse's Homage to the Dream (premiere), as well as, Philip Sparke's Dance Movements,
In April of 2002, the ensemble was featured on "From The Top" with host Christopher O'Riley for international radio broadcast. The Wind Symphony was also a featured ensemble at the 2002 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) National Conference in San Antonio, TX. In 2008 the Wind Symphony toured China and included concerts in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. In 2013, the Wind Symphony was invited to perform at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonion, Texas.
Members of the Wind Symphony are encouraged to enter the Wind Symphony Concerto Competition, held in December. The winner of the competition will perform their solo with the Wind Symphony at a concert in the spring.
Wind Symphony and Dallas WindS
The Wind Symphony has established close ties with America's premier wind band: the Dallas Winds (DW). Each year they present a joint concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. DW principal players also serve as GDYO sectional coaches throughout the year. Every member of the GDYO Wind Symphony receives a complimentary ticket to the entire Meyerson subscription concert series of the Dallas Winds.
Rehearsals and Requirements
The Wind Symphony rehearses at the University of North Texas in Denton on Sundays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. All GDYO musicians are expected to participate in their school music programs.
GDYO Wind Symphony Conductor
Dr. Nicholas Williams
Dr. Nicholas Enrico Williams is the assistant director of wind studies, conductor of the Concert Band and the director of athletic bands, including the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band and the Basketball Pep Band at the University of North Texas. He is also the conductor for the GDYO Wind Symphony in Dallas, Texas. In addition, he is a frequent guest conductor for the Dallas Winds and Dallas Winds Brass Choir (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony and Dallas Wind Symphony Brass Choir).
Prior to his assignment at the University of North Texas, Dr. Williams, a multiple-edition honoree of Who’s Who Among America’s Educators, was the director of bands at Clark High School in Plano, Texas. In his last year of public school teaching, he was honored as the Clark High School Teacher of the Year, a Finalist for the Plano ISD Teacher of the Year, and was named a “Ross Perot Excellence in Teaching Award” recipient—an award given to only four secondary teachers annually in the Plano ISD. During his tenure at Clark High School, the band program received consistent sweepstakes awards for marching, concert and sight reading; under his baton, the Honors Band was awarded best in class or best in contest in every festival in which the band performed.
Dr. Williams was active in the Drum Corps International activity for over a decade, where he has served as brass instructor, brass caption head, staff coordinator or Senior Brass Consultant for the two-time world champion Madison Scouts (Madison, Wisconsin), the six- time world champion Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA), Boston Crusaders (Boston, MA) and Southwind (Lexington, KY).
As an advocate of chamber music, Dr. Williams was the founder and conductor of the East Plano Brass and was the principal guest conductor for the Harmoniemusik chamber ensemble. In the wind band world, he has been a guest conductor with the Dallas Wind Symphony; Lone Star Wind Orchestra; at the annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois; the College Band Directors National Association regional conference; and the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Clinic in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Williams is active in the United States, Canada, Australia and Asia as a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, consultant and arranger; his arrangements for wind band, marching percussion ensembles, drum corps and marching band are performed by outstanding organizations throughout the world.
Dr. Williams is a sought-after recording producer, associate producer, and editor, having been involved with numerous CDs and DVDs on the Klavier, Mark Records, GIA and UNT labels. In addition to his work in the recording arts, he has written several conductor study guides that are published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He is also a primary consultant of Women of Influence in Contemporary Music, and recently became an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu, an international bandmasters fraternity.
Wind Symphony Sectional Coaches:
Members of the Dallas Wind Symphony coach all sectionals.