The Little London Winds was established in 1992 by a small group of musicians who wished to play quality music literature and maintain a high level of performance. The idea behind the music ensemble was to gather together serious amateur and professional musicians who enjoy working toward a higher standard of performance.
When the ensemble was founded in 1992, members wanted a name that would connect the group to the area. Back before Colorado Springs decided to use the "Springs" from Manitou Springs, the city was nicknamed Little London. And so the name Little London Winds was chosen based on that history. The performers also liked the fact that the name reflected the wonderful tradition of band music founded by the British.
The Little London Winds performs a variety of music literature from classic band literature to well-known favorites to newer pieces. The group has performed in concet throughout Southern Colorado as well as Raton, New Mexico. In October 2019, the group performed to a sold-out concert at the Ent Performing Arts Center. The band is well-known for our wildly popular summer concert series, drawing around 600 audiences members a night. The Little London Winds also has a rich history of passing on the love of music and learning by doing clincs and joint concerts with Pikes Peak region band students.
The Little London Winds has grown to over 40 members strong. All members of the ensemble are volunteers. Membership in the ensemble is by audition or invitation only, and each section has a limited number of seats. Members include professional and amateur musicians from a wide variety of vocations. Rehearsals are every Monday night from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Vista Ridge High School band room.
We are devoted to spreading the love and joy of music through music education in our community! That is why we spend our spring semester doing joint concerts with area schools. We love showing local music students that there is room in your adult life for music. As one of our former Directors, Paul Jacobson, put it, "There is life after school for music!"
We hope that you will share in the music education experience as an audience member by attending one of our joing concerts with an area school. It's a great way to support music and the young musicians in your area! All of our Music Education concerts are free and open to the public.
The Little London Winds is a charitable organizaiton classified under section 501(3)c of the Interal Revenue Code. We survive through donations from our members and the generosity of our audiences. Should your or your organization wish to offer tax deductible financial support for our expenses (commissioning works, renting performance venues, insurance, etc.), please visit our Donations page.
Our roots are run deep in the Pikes Peak Region.
Our name harkens to the history of Colorado Springs before it was known as Colorado Springs, and reflects the wonderful tradition of band music founded by the British.