Musical Director of the Sonora Winds is Clifton Weston. See Biography
Sonora Winds is an active Tucson based wind ensemble directed by Karin Nolan. It is composed of both amateur and professional musicians with a mission to perform free concerts and educational programs to enhance the cultural life of the Tucson Area Community. The Band rehearses at Catalina High School on Wednesday evenings. The Sonora Winds is a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit organization.
Photo to the right taken at Concert on March 7, 2018
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman ..... Bob Atwell
Dedicated to Gabrielle Giffords
Kassandra Hunter, trumpet; Sara Ortega, trumpet;
Rachel Valentine, horn; Kathy Creath, trombone;
Amy Graham, tuba
Karin Nolan - Director
Bob Atwell - Composer
Gabrielle Giffords - Honored Guest
Due to the situation that we are facing with COVID-19 and our necessary response to it, Sonora Winds will have no formal rehearsals or concerts the rest of the 2020–2021 season. If the opportunity allows in the late spring for a safe concert for our Sonora Winds community in whatever form, we will take that into consideration.
We miss making music with each other and especially miss our loyal following who enthusiastically attend our concerts, and we are eager to resume these activities as soon as we feel comfortable doing so.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to our future performances. Please read the Arizona Daily Star article featuring local composer Bob Atwell (bass clarinet in Sonora Winds). Also check out the video links on this page involving some of our Sonora Winds players.
Sonora Winds Videos
Our Newest Video
These were all performed
by Sonora Winds and composed by Bob Atwell.
1.. For Karin - This piece was written as a tribute to Dr. Karin Nolan, the Music Director of the Sonora Winds which premiered it in December 2019. It is our Christmas gift to a wonderful person whom we all admire and deeply respect.
2. Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman:- A very short brass quintet dedicated to Gabrielle Giffords.
3. Beinn Dearg: A 10(ish) minute work for concert band depicting a climb up "Beinn Dearg", a mountain in central Scotland near where my Great, Great Grandmother was born.
4. Sunrise - A 6 minute piece depicting a Tucson (or anywhere else) sunrise. It is in three continuous sections: night, transition, & sunrise.