wswOver breakfast at Jimbo’s Restaurant in March 2014, Dr. LaCognata and Tom Smicklas concluded that the Wilmington region would benefit in many ways from an advanced ensemble that performs the world’s greatest band literature. Dr. LaCognata agreed to assume the position of Director.

Tom,an experienced clarinetist, conductor and administrator agreed to assume responsibilities that include structuring the germination of the organization, fully coordinating personnel and assisting with logistics. Tom proceeded to form an advisory committee that works diligently on a variety of tasks.

The ensemble boasts over sixty professional quality musicians from the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, UNCW and CFCC faculty, the United States Marine Band, North Myrtle Beach Concert Band, Brunswick County Concert Band and select area professional musicians. A full concert season is established with the WSW playing only the best, most challenging repertoire. In addition, musicians lend their real world expertise to complete essential tasks as we bring this exciting ensemble to the fore of premiere east coast concert bands. The rest of the history has yet to be enacted…..will YOU be a part of the Wilmington Symphonic Wind’s history?