History

2014

Prairie Wind Ensemble plays a joint concert with the Rockford Wind Ensemble in DeKalb, IL.

2013

Prairie Wind Ensemble plays a joint concert with the Rockford Wind Ensemble in Dunlap.

2011

Dr. Joseph Manfredo is named the newest Conductor of the PWE.

John Bell from SIU-E, serves as temporary conductor of the PWE for the May concert which also featured the River Valley Brass Quintet.

In addition to a performance at ICC, the PWE performs a joint concert with the WIU Wind Symphony in Macomb, IL. Joe Roman and Carl Anderson conduct this third concert cycle; Carl Anderson and his New Orleans Jazz Band are featured artists for the March concert.

2010

After 7 years on the podium, Robert Sheldon stepped down as conductor of the Prairie Wind Ensemble, conducting his final concert in December.

For the third time, the PWE is the featured ensemble for National Band Assocation Young Composers/Young Conductors Summer Symposium at Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

2008

PWE performs as part of a clinic presented by conductor Robert Sheldon at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention.

PWE is the featured ensemble for National Band Assocation Summer Symposium at Illinois State University, Normal, IL and performs works of Andrew Boyson, Mark Camphouse, and Robert Sheldon with the composers conducting.

30th Anniversary Concert.

2007

Performance at Illinois Music Educators Association State Conference, Peoria, IL

Conductor/Composer Stephen Reineke conducts PWE in concert

2006

PWE is the featured ensemble for National Band Assocation Summer Symposium at Illinois State University, Normal, IL and performs works of Julie Giroux, Mark Camphouse and James Curnow with the composers conducting.

2004

Guest Conductors are selected for each concert from the PWE membership.

2003

Robert Sheldon is named conductor for the Prairie Wind Ensemble.

2002

Conductor and Founder Donald Lewellen retires.

2001

Dedication Concert for the Patricia Hackler Auditorium, Pekin, Illinois.

1999

December 9, 1999, the 100th soloist appeared with the Prairie Wind Ensemble.

1998

20th Anniversary Concert.

1997

IMEA-MENC "Showcase Concert" with the Dallas Brass.

1996

Youth Missions Benefit concert (St. Paul's Cathedral, Peoria).

1995

Established Annual High School Invitational Band Competition.

Concert (St. Paul's Cathedral, Peoria).

1994

Concert (National Trumpet Competition) George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

1993

Concert (Farmington High School)

Amateur Music Club Concert (Bradley University).

1992

Clinic/Concert (Brimfield High School).

1991

Joint concert (Illinois Valley Central High School, Chillicothe).

European Tour-concerts in Wolfsburg, Berlin, Nerviano, Besana Brianza, and Friedrichshafen.

1990

Joint concert (Morton High School).

1989

St. Mary's Cathedral Concert Series (Peoria).

1988

Joint concert (Woodruff High School, Peoria).

Concert broadcasts resume on Public Radio (WCBU).

1987

Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference concert (Peoria).

Joint concert (Dunlap).

Bicentennial Constitution Celebration Concert (Peoria).

Clinic/Concert (Washington, IL City Schools).

1986

Joint Concert (Princeville).

Forest Park Nature Center concert.

150th Anniversary concert - First Methodist Church (Wyoming, IL).

1985

Joint concert (Henry).

Benefit concert for Crimestoppers.

Bonus concert - ICC Subscription Series.

Established a season concert series.

1984

Benefit concert for Crimestoppers.

Bonus concert - ICC Subscription Series.

1983

Joint concert with the Peoria Civic Ballet.

Arts Week in the Mall concert - sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council and the Peoria Area Arts and Science Council.

Walnut Grove Fine Arts Association concert (Eureka).

Scottish Rite Cathedral.

1982

Established the annual student Soloist competition.

Two concerts broadcast on Public Radio (WCBU).

Scottish Rite Cathedral concert.

Christmas Concert at Northwoods Mall.

1981

CICB name changed to Prairie Wind Ensemble.

Concerts held at Illinois Valley Central, Illini Bluffs, and Beverly Manor Schools.

Christmas Concert at Northwoods Mall.

1980

Lincoln Christian College concert.

1979

First performance at area college (Monmouth College).

1978

Premiere performance given on February 16 at ICC Performing Arts Center.

First performance at area high school (Chillicothe).

1977

Central Illinois Concert Band organized in association with Illinois Central College.

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