The Southwest Civic Winds was founded in 2012 by Ruth Katzin of Katzin Music and Dr. Mark Walters, Fort Lewis College Director of Bands. The Southwest Civic Winds is a community band made up of about 65 players from throughout the Four Corners. We perform two symphonic concert series each season, along with free outdoor community concerts in summer. Concerts are held throughout the Four Corners, including Durango, Bayfield, Cortez, and northern New Mexico.
The Southwest Civic Winds continues from a long tradition of community bands. Early immigrants from Europe brought with them their custom of village band music. From this, military and community bands were formed all across the United States.
The mission of the Southwest Civic Winds is to provide a cultural resource that offers a musical program of the highest standard so that area musicians may rehearse and perform quality wind band literature for audiences to enjoy at very affordable prices. We enrich the lives of adult musicians in the towns we serve by providing them with an opportunity to use and develop their musical talent as part of a cohesive ensemble, and with the satisfaction of performing the finest in symphonic band repertoire.
While many members of the Southwest Civic Winds are professional musicians and music educators from across the Four Corners region, this band is an all-volunteer, membership organization. Members perform for the pleasure of making music for the community where they live and work. Many concerts also feature side-by-side student musicians.
Rhonda L. Muckerman holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Michigan State University and a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, having studied under Eugene Migliaro Corporon. She has taught instrumental and vocal music, and conducted professionally in Michigan, Ohio, Washington and Colorado since 1986, including appointments with the Telluride and Durango Choral Societies. Rhonda is excited to be returning to her roots of wind conducting with the Southwest Civic Winds. She is eager to bring the great tradition of wind band composition, from the British Band classics to newer repertoire, to the Durango region and beyond. Her memoir Of Song and Water was published by Morgan James Publishing in April, 2021.