High Desert Winds is a community wind ensemble whose mission is to provide music education experiences through the rehearsal and performance of challenging wind band repertoire.  Participation in High Desert Winds is by invitation for adult and student musicians who are accomplished in music performance and are capable of performing challenging music, motivated to expand their musical knowledge, committed to regular individual practice, and agree to the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Approximately 30% of the musicians in High Desert Winds are student musicians from the Santa Fe area.  Of the adult musicians, 35% are teachers, most of whom are music educators.

If you would like more information about participating in High Desert Winds, as a musician or volunteer, please contact us.

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Would you like to sponsor a work on an upcoming concert by the High Desert Winds?  Most music purchases cost approximately $100.  Your contribution is tax-deductible, and your sponsorship will be noted in our concert program.  Contact us to learn more!

Next Concert

Sunday, April 24, 2022
2:00 pm

New Mexico Museum of Art
St. Francis Auditorium
107 W. Palace Ave. – Santa Fe

Now Accepting
Requests for

Please contact Gretchen Johnson, membership chair, if you are interested in auditioning.


Dr. Jan Gaynor

High Desert Winds’ Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Read more about Jan here.

High Desert Winds Links

Past Repertoire by Composer
HDW Calendar

 Advisory Board

Bob Miller – President
Ned Snow – Vice President
Howard Oechsner – Secretary
Sarah Hood – Treasurer
Gretchen Johnson – Membership Chair
Teri Gorshing – Member At Large
Jan Gaynor – Artistic Director