The Virginia Wind Symphony, organized in 1994 by Dennis Zeisler, is a wind ensemble made up of professional musicians, military musicians, public and private school teachers, and independent music instructors. The group was created to provide a musical outlet for musicians from throughout the Hampton Roads area and is dedicated to playing the finest original and transcribed wind literature available. Members benefit from the positive musical experiences brought about by music-making in the spirit of camaraderie and from the opportunity to serve the region through a lifelong love of music with concerts throughout the year. The Virginia Wind Symphony has been conducted by ABA members Johan de Meij, Terry Austin, Arnald Gabriel, Ed Lisk, Frederick Fennell, Ed Downing, Linda Moorhouse, Harry Begian, Frank Wickes, James Keene, H. Robert Reynolds, David Holsinger, Lowell Graham, Brian Walden, and Thomas Palmatier as well as other distinguished conductors from around the world. The Virginia Wind Symphony has recorded six commercial compact discs.
DENNIS J. ZEISLER has been on the faculty of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia for more than three decades, serving as Director of Bands, Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone, and Chairman of the Music Department. Under his direction, the Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble has developed into a premier performing ensemble. They have recorded for TRN Music Publishers and Frank Erickson Publications and recently been featured in concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. While serving as former Chair for fifteen years, he led the steady growth of the Old Dominion University Music Department at the undergraduate and graduate levels.