A history of the Tara Winds Community Band, Jonesboro, Georgia, 1988--2008

Myra King Rhoden


The Tara Winds Community Band is an all-adult symphonic band based in Jonesboro, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. In its short twenty-year history, the ensemble has gained national recognition and has performed for a variety of audiences at regional and national conventions. Over seventy percent of the members are active or retired band directors from the metropolitan Atlanta area or are in the music profession as an elementary music teacher or private instructor. The ensemble contributes to the wind band repertoire through its commissioning project, and supports the community through its scholarship foundation. The information provided about this ensemble may be used as a model for conductors beginning community ensembles, as well as to assist conductors of existing community ensembles through referring to challenges faced and met by the Tara Winds.