Winter Winds competes for the first time!

The St. James R-1 School District proudly introduces Winter Winds, the latest ensemble in our music program. Winter Winds is an indoor marching group that combines percussion, winds, and guard elements under one harmonious umbrella.

Led by dedicated instructors, including Ms. Kaite Wright for the guard, Mr. Limback for winds and percussion, and Mr. Payne for electronics, Winter Winds presents "Dream Catchers," composed by Derek Limback. Drawing inspiration from Native American themes, the music resonates with the soul, weaving a tapestry of sounds that embrace the rich heritage of native cultures. It showcases an array of Native American wind and percussion instruments, adding depth and authenticity to the performance.

Competing in the Mid Continent Color Guard Association circuit, Winter Winds recently triumphed at Ozark, winning Best Winds, Percussion, and Guard, as well as the first-place title! The ensemble comprises 37 hardworking students who rehearse every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 AM, with an additional Sunday session.

Upcoming competitions include O'Fallon, Missouri, on March 16, 2024, and Springfield, Missouri, on April 6, 2024. Winter Winds aims to integrate more into the school community, potentially appearing at home basketball games in the future.

Join in celebrating Winter Winds as they strive for musical excellence!