About Us


Formed in August 2009, the Desert Winds is widely recognized as Las Vegas’ premiere contemporary wind ensemble. The organization features a roster of over 50 performers that include many local music educators, students and freelance musicians. Since its debut, the Desert Winds has reached thousands of people through both inspiring performances and educational programs. The ultimate honor was received in 2016 when the ensemble was selected to perform for the 70th anniversary of The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. 

The 2019-2020 season marks founding Artistic Director Dr. Charles A Maguire's 10th year with the Desert Winds. Upon its establishment, the ensemble has continuously focused on achieving the highest levels of musical artistry under Maguire's direction. 


The Desert Winds


Dr. Charles A Maguire

Artistic Director


John Seaton

Associate Conductor


Dr. Carmella Cao

Concert Master



Shannon Regin

Dr. Carmella Cao

Kelley Kamins

Dr. Charles Maguire

The Honor Winds


John Seaton




Kyle Ruggles

Education Coordinator

Sheryl Gamiao

Librarian and
Operations Manager

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