About the Cleveland Winds

The Cleveland Winds is a professional-quality wind ensemble based at Cleveland State University. The ensemble roster includes many of the best musicians in the Cleveland area, including professional performers, music educators, and exceptional amateur musicians. The Cleveland Winds provides world-class performances of the wind ensemble masterworks for the sophisticated music listeners in Northeast Ohio.

The Cleveland Winds were awarded The American Prize in the Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community & school division, in 2015.

Music Director

The Music Director of the Cleveland Winds is Dr. Birch Browning, Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands at Cleveland State University. Dr. Browning taught high school band and orchestra in Florida prior to earning a Ph.D. in Music Education at Florida State University. A member of the faculty at CSU since 2002, Dr. Browning previously taught music education courses at Stetson University and FSU.

Dr. Browning serves as Associate Editor of OMEA’s research journal, Contributions to Music Education, is on the editorial board of the ASEAN, a music research journal published in Thailand, and is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association Research Committee. Dr. Browning has presented his research findings at numerous state and national conferences, and recently presented his research on ensemble performer excellence at the International Society for Music Education International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Browning's first book, Becoming a Musician-Educator: An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy, was published in April 2017 by Oxford University Press.

Additional information on Dr. Browning can be found on his website.

More information on the Cleveland Winds, including our upcoming concerts, can be found on our Facebook page.

You can hear recordings of the Cleveland Winds on Soundcloud.