The Connecticut Symphonic Winds under the baton of Mr. Charles DePaul will present the third of four concerts celebrating its 25th anniversary season 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Fairfield Ludlowe High School Theater, 785 Unquowa Road.

The performance will feature a program of wind music by American composers and guest appearances by conductor and founder Dr. William Sand and tuba soloist Art Hovey, according to a news release from the ensemble. The 40-minute Symphony #3 of James Barnes will be the featured work on the program.

Sand, former supervisor and band director of the Stratford High School Music Department and retired member of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, founded the 73-member band in 1986 to take part in the Stratford Sister Cities exchange between Stratford Ontario, Stratford-upon-Avon England and Stratford, Conn. He remained director until his retirement from the group in 2003, the release states.

Hovey performed frequently with the Yale Concert Band and ensembles in the graduate school of music while attending Yale University. He was tubist for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for over 10 years and is presently a low brass and jazz instructor at the New Haven Neighborhood Music School, the release states. He is also a regular member of the Connecticut Symphonic Winds, the Civic Orchestra of New Haven, the Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band and the Galvanized Jazz Band.

There will be a 7 p.m. pre-concert recital by the Connecticut Flute Ensemble.

Admission to the concert is free. Call 203-386-1625 for information or visit

The CT Symphonic Winds is an advanced, public community wind ensemble providing high caliber musicians an opportunity to perform challenging, stylistically diverse, quality wind literature for the community, education and general public audiences. The Band has made three appearances in Carnegie Hall since 1990 and many of the 73 members of the band are music educators. To apply for membership, please review their website for current openings.