Since the Arizona Winds can’t perform live for the time being because of Covid-19 restrictions, we wanted to offer our friends some highlights from several years of concerts.

Please visit our Media tab above to Watch or Listen to some of your favorites.

Arizona Winds Covid-19 Update—October 2020

 Greetings to all our valued Arizona Winds friends and patrons. Back in August, we posted a news release on our website updating you all on the status of the band’s 2020-2021 concert season. While we indicated that we had to cancel our October 2020 concert due to state and federal health restrictions and CDC guidelines, we were cautiously optimistic about resuming our season for Christmas. Unfortunately, the pandemic recovery has been slower than any of us would have wanted, and those restrictions are still in place.

Midwestern University has told us they are not prepared to open their auditorium to the public this Christmas, and our new venue, The Vista Center for the Arts, has not opened yet either. When they do, the restrictions could make planning a performance very challenging and expensive for us. The band’s board continues to closely monitor the public health guidelines at the local, county, state, and national levels, and has been in touch with our peer groups nationally and locally to share strategies and best practices for re-starting operations in the coming months. The band’s board plans to reevaluate the situation in late December and will make an announcement by the first of the year regarding plans for 2021, so be watching our website for further updates.

As you can imagine, the cancellation of nearly a full season of performances, and the loss of a substantial amount of donated income for this extended period of time, has posed some real challenges in meeting our ongoing, fixed expenses. Will you consider supporting the Arizona Winds with a tax-deductible donation to help meet those expenses? Your support has been and will continue to be most appreciated! If you’d like to make a contribution, please send your check, along with your name, address, phone number and email address to: The Arizona Winds, P.O. Box 11225, Glendale, AZ 85308.

While we are not yet able to raise your spirits with our unique brand of musical entertainment, we certainly are anxious to do so once again, and we really look forward to seeing you soon!

Musically Yours,

Rich Shelton, Lt. Col USAF (Ret.)

Music Director and Conductor



The Arizona Winds is celebrating its 45th year as a West Valley cultural institution. The band’s musicians, comprised of adults from across the Valley of the Sun and representing numerous professions from music educators to engineers, homemakers to accountants, continue to share their love of music and enrich the lives of audiences throughout the state of Arizona. The Arizona Winds is a 501 C(3) non-profit organization which presents a series of six free concerts each season and depends entirely upon the generous tax-deductible contributions of its patrons to sustain the superior level of performance thousands enjoy each year.

A little bit more about us…

We are an 85-member concert band located in Glendale, Arizona. Conducted by Lt. Col. Richard Shelton, USAF (Ret.), we are comprised of all ages and backgrounds, and together we make some great music! 

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