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Formed in 1981 by Maurice Backun, and currently conducted by Music Director David Branter, PSWE is based in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble boasts many of the area’s finest wind and percussion musicians. The group consists of professional musicians, dedicated music educators, and outstanding amateur players.  From its inception, PSWE has worked with composers, conductors and soloists to perform new and unusual works, in addition to classics of the wind ensemble repertoire. PSWE has become internationally known for its musical excellence.




The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a 45 piece band made up of highly skilled musicians in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, BC. PSWE aspires to present the best performances of modern wind band music through our regular four concert season.


PSWE is also an active supporter of student musicians, and has a mandate to promote performing opportunities for music students of all ages. PSWE offers workshops and masterclasses with our skilled musicians and school bands, as well as joint concerts with school groups. There are also group rates to our concerts available for students.


PSWE had the honour of being invited as a featured ensemble at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in San Jose in July 2015. This is one of the most prestigious band festivals in the world, and marked the 10th anniversary of PSWE's performance at the WASBE conference in Singapore in 2005. 


PSWE will present a full concert season at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in 2022/23.


Areas of Giving

Explore the many ways in which you can support PSWE in building and fostering music performance that will last a lifetime. Read more to find out more about the many ways you can contribute to PSWE.


Annual Fund

Contribute to PSWE’s annual giving program to support our project and core needs throughout the year.  A healthy Annual Fund is vital in ensuring that PSWE continues to be a strong educational asset and a vital resource for our community.

In Honour and Memorial Gifts

Honour someone special such as your teacher/performer, celebrate the special occasion of a birthday, anniversary, graduation or retirement, or make a gift in memory of a friend or family member.


With your help, we can lift barriers by increasing financial aid for young musicians through our bi-annual youth competitions. 

Other Areas of Giving

Create or contribute to an endowment fund, give the gift of securities, or talk to your employer about matching gifts.


Ways to Make a Gift

There are many ways to show your support for the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble!

Choose the option that fits your area of interest. Your gift, regardless of amount, helps to ensure that the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble continues to be a strong educational asset  and a vital resource for our community.


Donate Online

This is the easiest and most convenient way to make a contribution. The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s on-line giving is fast, safe, and secure with a credit card option of either Visa or MasterCard.



GIVE TODAY – every gift counts!


Thank you for your consideration in making a gift to support the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble!

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