The 207 Wind Orchestra had its inaugural concert in January of 2015. A few months before, music director Timothy Burns was sitting at home, and decided to send out some emails asking for volunteers to play a concert. The response was an overwhelming “yes” and thus 207 Wind Orchestra was born.

Twice a year – at least for now – Tim reaches out to area musicians and asks if they’d like to volunteer their time. Since the instrumentation for pieces differs widely, each concert requires different numbers of players, the makeup changes from concert to concert. Some pieces require as few as 9 players, while others utilize over 50!

The 207 Wind Orchestra plays music of all levels, but especially seeks to play those pieces that are often not played by community bands for various reasons. Many terrific works are not performed regularly because rare instruments, like contrabassoon, english horn, and bass saxophone, are required. One goal the ensemble has is to play every part written by a composer – even if that means finding 20 contralto kazoos.

The trumpet section of the 207 Wind Orchestra rehearses under the direction of Tim Burns.
Staff photo by Jill Brady