Peninsula Symphonic Winds (PSW) was established in 1996 as an independent, nonprofit educational association. The ensemble is composed of community members who are semi-professional or seasoned amateur musicians. Lead by our Music Director, Richard Babcock, we perform a wide variety of music from the concert band and symphonic repertoire. PSW is affiliated with the Association of Concert Bands, a national organization for similar bands across America.
The mission of the Peninsula Symphonic Winds is to provide an opportunity for instrumental musicians to maintain and enhance their musical skills, to prepare and perform the traditional and modern concert band repertoire, to offer stimulating concerts to the public, and to provide a venue for composers of new works for concert band.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Harbor College, which continues to provide the use of its facilities for rehearsals.
We invite you to browse our website to learn more about us, including opportunities for you to support the Peninsula Symphonic Winds. If you are a wind or percussion instrumentalist, come to a practice at Harbor College some Wednesday evening and see what you think.
And if you like listening to good concert band music, come to a concert. We look forward to meeting you there.
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For more than 150 years, audiences in our country have enjoyed concert band music played in their communities by local residents. The Peninsula Symphonic Winds continues that tradition. As with any such organization, the PSW is dependent both on local musicians volunteering their time and on the generosity of community members who provide the financial support required to buy music, secure concert venues, hire guest artists, and to cover other necessary expenses. At present, over 80 percent of our financial support comes from PSW musicians and supporters.
If you’d like to renew your support, or if you’d like to add your name as a supporter of the PSW, please click the “Donate” button below and use your PayPal account or credit card. Suggested contribution levels are below, but we appreciate any contribution you choose to make.
Contributions to the Peninsula Symphonic Winds are fully deductible for both federal and state income tax purposes. You will receive a letter acknowledging your donation.
If you have a business and would like to be known to the ~200 attendees at our concerts, please consider placing an ad in our concert program. Please see our Advertising Agreement for pricing and options.
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We rehearse once a week and perform four Sunday afternoon concerts in Palos Verdes. New players of almost any band instrument from bassoon to bells are welcome. Some of our members also play in other groups, and some enjoy practicing their skills with their second or third instrument. Skill levels range from moderate to excellent. If you enjoy rehearsing and performing a variety of concert band music in a relaxed community atmosphere, we’d like to hear from you.
Guests and prospective players are welcome anytime to come and listen, or to bring an instrument and rehearse with us. Rehearsals are held from 7:30pm to 10:00pm, Wednesday nights at Los Angeles Harbor College. Harbor College (1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA 90744) is accessible from the southbound Harbor Freeway at the Anaheim Street exit. Turn north on Figueroa Place to West ‘L’ Street and turn west. From Anaheim Street, turn north at Figueroa Place. Enter the parking area across from the Music Building on ‘L’ Street. The rehearsal is in Room 107 in the Music Building.