Desert Winds Freedom Band


Our Story The Desert Winds Freedom Band (DWFB), now in its 16th season, is a very diverse group open to all gay and gay-friendly musicians who like to play concert band music. It is comprised of dedicated musicians whose goal is to make great music together. Some are retired music professionals and others haven't played since they graduated from high school or college. Serving the greater Palm Springs and Coachella Valley areas, the band is currently directed by Dean McDowell. The band was founded by Gary Moline as a not-for-profit organization, recognized by the IRS as a 501c (3) tax exempt organization in the fall of 2001. ​ The band is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association (LGBA), which has member bands throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. In November 2016, the Desert Winds was proud to host the tremendously successful LGBA Annual Conference here in Palm Springs. ​ Besides the large concert band, DWFB has created numerous smaller ensembles to add to our community involvement and increase the playing opportunities for our members. The largest is the DWFB Jazz Band and is comprised of 21 musicians. Other ensembles include a Jazz Sextet, Saxophone Quartet, Brass Quintet and Steel Drum Band that play numerous gigs around the area. Depending on scheduling, any of these groups are available to perform at your next function. ​ Local outreach to the community is an important part of the band’s mission. This has included playing for community events such as the Desert AIDS Walk, Tour de Palm Springs, Palm Springs Power Baseball and Palm Springs Gay Softball League. Marching in the local Pride Parade is an annual event that gives the band great exposure and supports the gay community as a whole. ​ We are able to do this through the generosity of our Education Outreach Fund (seeded by the Richard Bentley & Helen W. Bentley Gift and the Ernest Phinney & Bob Walker Gift). We welcome your financial support in this endeavor, which enriches the local school band programs and our musicians, as well as you, our audience. ​ We are always looking for new members to join us!

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Contact Name Dencil R. White, President (760) 413-8711 -