The History of the Hanover Wind Symphony
The Hanover Wind Symphony is a prime example of the power of music and its influence on our lives. Its members, though expert in talent, do not come from the ranks of professional musicians -- most are full-time professionals working outside the field of music and include accountants, attorneys, engineers, and corporate executives. Also performing with the symphony are a number of music educators who desire both an outlet for their creative talents and an opportunity to refine their musical skills. The Hanover Wind Symphony is diverse in its background yet singular in its pursuit of musical excellence.
The group was founded 1985 by Mr. Peter Boor who saw the need for an adult ensemble which could perform music of the highest caliber. At the premiere performance there were 30 musicians. Now in its 30th season, the Hanover Wind Symphony has a membership of over 70. Roughly half of the members have been in the Symphony for over fifteen years, with five of the founding members still active. This longevity is rare in a group of this nature and demonstrates the dedication and devotion of the players as well as the distinctive character of the band.
Since its first rehearsal, The Hanover Wind Symphony has had only three musical directors. Mr. Peter Boor, the Founder and Director Emeritus, retired at the end of the 2004-2005 season after twenty seasons with the group. Mr. Jason Noble took up the baton for the next three years, during which time the group made its first professional recording Icons. In September 2008, long time Associate Music Director Matthew J. Paterno stepped up to the podium with Kurt Zimmermann as the new Associate Music Director.
The Hanover Wind Symphony serves the community by playing marches, toe-tappers, and standards while also presenting pieces written by currently active composers. One way that the group accomplishes this is by providing a platform to showcase world-class artists. Some of these soloists include Joseph Alessi and Philip Smith of the New York Philharmonic; Patrick Sheridan, one of the world’s famous Tuba players; Steven Meade, world renowned Euphonium soloist and recording artist; and Dr. Paul Cohen, the world’s premier classical Alto Saxophone player; Stanley Drucker, retired Principal Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic.
The group has performed at various regional venues in the North East including: the Boston Festival of Bands at Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA; the New York Brass Conference, Lighthouse International, New York, NY; the Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; the Weis Performing Arts Center, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; the NJMEA Convention, Asbury Park, NJ and East Brunswick, NJ, The Abbey at Delbarton, Morristown, NJ; The Natirar Estate, Peapack, NJ; MENC Eastern Divisional Conference Providence, RI; the Community Theatre, Morristown, NJ; and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York, NY.
The Hanover Wind Symphony is a non-profit organization passionately fulfilling its mission is to bring “music to people and people to music.” Called the “hidden gem” by the Daily Record, the future of music in our community is bright indeed.