The Southwest Civic Winds was founded in 2012 by Ruth Katzin of Katzin Music and Dr. Mark Walters, Fort Lewis College Music Professor and Director of Bands.  We are a community band made up of about 75 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.  Today, there are an estimated 2,500 such bands throughout the country, including the Four Corners area.  You can find updated information about all of our

concerts and tickets HERE.

The Southwest Civic Winds couldn’t exist without our regular donors and concert attendees.

Our 501c3 nonprofit organization is 100% volunteer-based. Would you consider a donation to perpetuate

these community performances?  Click HERE to donate.

Interested in joining?

Please contact Elizabeth Crawford at or 970-799-0148 if you have questions about membership.

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