The Piedmont Wind Symphony (PWS) is an adult wind ensemble serving the Piedmont Triad area for 25 years. The PWS was founded under the direction of Robert Simon in 1989 with seed money from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County. It is a registered, non-profit organization whose goal is to further adult music education and provide performance opportunities for post college age musicians and to enhance, enrich and expand the musical experience available to adults in the Triad area. The PWS is made up of professional, amateur and student musicians from all areas of the Piedmont. In residence at Wake Forest University, the PWS performs frequently, has many performances broadcast on Public Radio, has performed three times for the North Carolina Music Educators Convention and has released ten CD’s.
The PWS Guest Artist Series has brought world-renown artists to the Piedmont. Past guests include Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Dionne Warwick, Paul Anka (twice), Al Jarreau, Three Dog Night, Arturo Sandoval (four times),The Irish Tenors, Neil Sedaka, Kenny G and more!