About the Arizona Wind Symphony
Now in its 20th season, the Arizona Wind Symphony (AWS) entertains Tempe and surrounding communities with an enjoyable variety of music in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Under the baton of William J. Richardson, the AWS is a 90-piece concert band comprised of musicians passionately committed to presenting music of the highest caliber. AWS is comprised of music professionals, non-professionals and students. Joined together by a shared joy and commitment to the arts, AWS musicians are proud to share their time and talents for enriching the cultural landscape of our community.
A registered 501c3 non-profit, the Arizona Wind Symphony is partially supported by funding from the City of Tempe, the Arizona Commission of the Arts, Friends of TCA, and donors like you!
About the Conductor
Mr. William J. "Bill" Richardson is a dedicated music educator with an unmatched record of over 45 years of conducting and teaching service in Arizona. Having won numerous prestigious state awards for his teaching, directing, and leadership, including AMEA Music Educator of the Year distinction, he is currently In-Service Conference Chairman for the AMEA. Educated at the University of Arizona with bachelor's and master's degrees in music education, Mr. Richardson is the founding director of the Tempe Youth Band and the Arizona Ambassadors of Music, an organization of statewide high school musicians which tours Europe every other year. He also plays trombone with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra.
Tempe Center for the Arts
The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), completed in September, 2007, is a vibrant gathering place for regional performing and visual arts events. Although designed for all audiences, the facility is the new home of a number of children’s performance groups. TCA forms a crossroads for performing arts and park activities; framing scenic vistas, integrating pedestrian connections to a new riverfront park, and reflecting the important cultural traditions of the City of Tempe.
The Center's character reflects its function as a civic meeting place and a symbol of Tempe's desert landscape and history. Its design draws upon significant historic, climatic, and contextual traditions for inspiration, while utilizing modern technology to create outstanding performance spaces that promote flexible use and allow intimate connections between performer and audience. On the exterior, a curved concrete wall serves to enclose and unify the main building, while a sculptural shed roof provides necessary acoustical and solar protection, and serves as a memorable icon when viewed from the river area, landing aircraft, and the City of Tempe.