West Coast Winds at Music at The Point

West Coast Wind Quintet will be joined by composer and pianist Ron Levy and by jazz vocalist Dewey Erney to present several world premieres for concert series Music at the Point on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 3pm. The performance will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.

The program is entitled “Out of this World”, and Levy has composed a new three movement work – “Star Sonata“– especially for the occasion.

About the piece, Levy says “It’s a journey. You will hear new things and be taken on a trip to faraway places, some of which are outside of our galaxy. Way outside! So buckle up and prepare for the ride.”

Other works on the program include Levy’s “Space Waltz”, “Spacewalk”, and his new set of arrangements of space-themed jazz standards. Works by composers Mason Bynes, Robert Denham, Gustav Holst, Marc Mellits, Jeff Russo and Christopher Ziemba will complete the program.

A Sweet Collaboration
Ron Levy began collaborating with West Coast Wind Quintet in 2020. Their first project was “Odd Beethoven” – a set of pieces composed to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. A concert was planned and off we went!

Immediately after this concert, the Quintet went into the studio to record “Odd Beethoven”. To complete the CD, the Quintet also recorded everything else Levy had composed for wind quintet over the course of four decades, making it a true retrospective. Levy also wrote some new compositions for the project, including several adaptations of earlier pieces he had composed for various ensembles.

The resulting recording, “Odd Beethoven: A Retrospective”, exhibits a wide range of musical styles, from the absurd to the sublime. The album is available in high resolution download as well as for streaming from Levy’s Bandcamp site:

About the composer
Ron Levy is the composer of several orchestral works including Modigliani’s Arm, Breathless, and Dance Symphony. He was bestowed with the prestigious Henry Mancini prize and has worked with luminaries including the great comedian and Groucho Marx champion Frank Ferrante, and Academy and Emmy winning singer/songwriter Paul Williams.

Ron is inspired primarily by his search for The Great Taco. He hasn’t found it yet but will continue looking for as long as the mighty Pacific Ocean reaches the shore in sunny Southern California.

About the West Coast Wind Quintet
The West Coast Wind Quintet was formed in 2012, and is a group of five passionate and talented young musicians who are dedicated to performing and promoting wind quintet music. They are committed to expanding the quintet repertoire by working with living composers, as well as performing standard and rarely performed works. The quintet has commissioned and recorded and premiered many new works, and has appeared at countless chamber music series across Southern California. For more, check out their website: westcoastwindquintet.com

West Coast Winds Record for Biola University Composition Winners

The West Coast Winds were honored to be asked to record for 4 composers who were winners of the 2023 composition competition. We recorded the following pieces:

Jason Rhue – The Scavenger’s Companion

A scavenger explores a junkyard of lost steampunk innovations. Curiosity peaks as the scavenger investigates a rusty pile of old gadgets and gauges, discovering a robot. The scavenger takes the robot and restores it piece by piece, each piece represented by a different instrument: clarinet for the mechanical computer, french horn for the boiler, oboe for the gearbox, bassoon for the engine, and flute for the heart which gives the robot life and character. Once receiving restoration, the robot returns companionship to his redeemer.  This piece is a single movement with 6 sections: I. Discovery, II. Computer, III. Boiler, IV. Gearbox, V. Engine, VI. Heart.

You can find more of Jason’s music on YouTube and Spotify!

Michael Fausett – Theme and Deterioration

Theme and Deterioration is a study of how a single theme mutates over time. The piece begins with a relatively chipper theme emerging from an active background. As the theme breaks down into segments and modulates, it passes through the flute, oboe, and clarinet before slowing down and becoming more lyrical. Counter-melodies and voices are introduced as the texture evolves into a fugue and climaxes with a soaring flute melody. Echoes of the initial theme and brisk texture emerge from a darker, slower sound-space as the piece culminates with a dissonant yet mystical whisper.   

Jason Liang – Twilight / Daylight

From Twilight To Daylight is a musical depiction of the moods and colors of night and day—all as portrayed by wind quintet. It is a journey from the mysterious sparkle of twilight in the early evening, to the cheerless, pitch-black darkness of midnight, to the glimmers of rising sun at dawn, and finally to the vibrant, running colors of the day.

Alexander Reams – Home to the House Over Yonder

Fall 2022 was a very low point in my life. I felt very alone and that no one in my life was supporting me, and compositionally, I was a complete mess. Several times that season, I wanted to quit music; however, one time kept me from stable: the feeling of home. Being able to come home to a great family gave me new found inspiration to capture the feeling of going home after a tough journey. As the piece starts out slow, it is to emulate the yearning and excitement of going home. The piece goes into a playful skip as a way to capture nostalgia of the old times. As the piece moves into its final act, the listener breaks into a final dash towards home. This piece is the culmination of me finding a sense of home, not only in my family, but in myself. The last chord felt like me giving myself the warm hug that I was yearning for.

New Commission on the way!


We’re excited to announce that we’ve just been added to the consortium of quintets commissioning Daniel Baldwin’s newest quintet entitled “Reveries” This new work is a 10 minute piece in two movements! We look forward to sharing it with you all soon! If you’ll remember back a few years back, we also participated in his commission for the quintet called “Dreams of the White Tiger”.