Atlanta Wind Symphony opens season with new conductor



MILTON, Ga. — The Atlanta Wind Symphony kicked off its 2017-2018 season Sunday, Oct. 22, under new Music Director and Conductor, Dr. David Kehler. Held at Milton High School, the concert also featured the Atlanta Wind Symphony’s new Associate Conductor, Chris Shumick, and trumpet soloist Dr. Douglas Lindsey.

Kehler embarks on his first season leading the Atlanta Wind Symphony, an all-volunteer community band celebrating its 39th season. Kehler serves as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University where he oversees all aspects of the University’s expanding band program; teaches courses in instrumental conducting, symphonic repertoire, and 20th century music; and serves as Music Director and Conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble.

Comprised of more than 60 adult musicians ranging in experience from music educators to hobbyists, the Atlanta Wind Symphony also welcomes Chris Shumick to the organization. Shumick, who conducted Selections from the Opera “Die Fledermaus,” is in his sixth year as Director of Bands at Milton High School, and through the generosity of the school staff, is providing the Atlanta Wind Symphony its new rehearsal location at Milton High School.

Trumpet soloist Dr. Douglas Lindsey performed the Georgia premiere of Kevin McKee’s Centennial Horizon. As an educator, Lindsey maintains a vibrant studio of young trumpeters at Kennesaw State University and at various area high schools. He is frequently featured as a soloist with musical organizations and at music festivals and conferences.

The Atlanta Wind Symphony’s next concert, featuring a variety of holiday favorites, will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial High School in Roswell and will debut new Associate Conductor Tyler Ehrlich who is the Associate Director of Bands at Centennial High School. For more information visit

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