The Fort Collins Wind Symphony is a professional
symphonic wind ensemble with membership drawn
from the northern Colorado region.

The Fort Collins Wind Symphony was established in 1991 with the intent of bringing the symphonic repertoire of the wind band to life for the music lovers of northern Colorado. The instrumentation of the Wind Symphony is inspired by the format established by Frederic Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. In this concept, each section has only the specified number of instruments needed to realize the composer's intent.

The organization celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011 and is known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership, membership continuity, and service to music education.

Our Mission

The Fort Collins Wind Symphony's mission is deeply rooted in the encouragement of involvement in music for people at all stages of life. The Wind Symphony's mission is to be a leader in performance and music education while discovering the finest literature written and adapted for the wind band.

  • To make a substantial contribution to the musical life of our members and patrons

  • To give our audiences memorable performance experiences with the highest quality wind music in a wide range of musical styles

  • To assist in the music education of young people - the future generation of adult musicians - through the presentation of concerts, clinics and open rehearsals

  • To provide our members with an opportunity for musical expression, growth and fellowship


Members are accepted into the ensemble by audition, and all are active in the regional, state and national music communities, contributing to the very high standard of excellence of the ensemble. The membership represents many professional backgrounds. 

Learn about our audition process here.


Dr. Richard Mayne joined the Fort Collins Wind Symphony as the group's third Music Director in the 2014-2015 season, taking the baton from Mr. Steve McNeal after 13 years of service. Dr. Mayne is a Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Northern Colorado, and he was elected to the National Band Association Executive Committee as Second Vice President. Having earned his PhD in Music Education at Ohio State University, Dr. Mayne is a nationally recognized conductor, adjudicator, clinician, musician, and lecturer.


Director Emeritus

Mr. Steve McNeal conducted the Fort Collins Wind Symphony for 13 years. Mr. McNeal has been involved in music education for many years, teaching orchestra at Lesher Junior High School and Fort Collins High School for 36 years and retiring from public school education in 1998. Mr. McNeal is an adjunct faculty member at Colorado State University.