The Portsmouth Wind Symphony

Performing the very best in classical and pops music for more than 25 seasons.


Our concerts are performed by an accomplished ensemble of fifty local and regional musicians and are entertaining for all ages.

Our outstanding musicians, many of whom are your neighbors, friends, and teachers, are joined by accomplished soloists and guest performers from the tri-state area.

The PWS Board continues to work hard to bring to Southern Ohio a quality performing organization. We strive to present family-friendly concerts at an affordable ticket price.

Board of Directors

  • Paul Hunt, Jr. (President)
  • Rev. Allison Bauer (Vice President)
  • Trent Williams (Treasurer)
  • Lisa Carver (Secretary)
  • Terry Thompson (Music Director)
  • Gail Miller
  • Michael Penley
  • Lou Schoettle
  • Kevin Smedley
  • Sandra White
  • Katie Williams
  • Linda Woods-Jones

Contact the Board:

Terry Thompson, Conductor and Music Director

Terry Thompson
Conductor & Music Director


26th Season

The Power of Love

Saturday, October 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

We open our season with music that reflects the role music plays in LOVE. Most of us have music in our lives that trigger a memory of a person we LOVED, a situation you LOVED being involved in, or any number of life experiences we have had. We hope to bring back memories, of MAYBE create new once this evening! Who knows??

  • Adult - $10
  • SSU Student w/ID - $5
  • Child over 12 - $5
  • Child 12 and under - Free

The Power of Christmas

Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the POWER of Christmas, as we explore music that will help put us in the mood for "The MOST wonderful time of the year", to quote Andy Williams! The Portsmouth West High School Choir and their director, Linda Tieman will be with us and we will sing and play our way through the tons of Christmas music we have in our library. And WHO KNOWS... we could have a GUEST CONDUCTOR step in front of the band! MAYBE someone you KNOW!

  • Adult - $10
  • SSU Student w/ID - $5
  • Child over 12 - $5
  • Child 12 and under - Free

The Power of Spring

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday evening April 13 will mark a “first” for the Portsmouth Wind Symphony.  The concert will feature guest artists THE JOSH STEWART BAND.  The concert, entitled “The Power of Spring” will begin at 7:30 pm at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on the campus of Shawnee State University. 

The Wind Symphony has featured individual guest soloist on their April concerts over the last few years, but never a group.  The Josh Stewart Band will perform songs off their new album, entitled “This and That”, WITH the Wind Symphony. The band parts were arranged by band leader Josh Stewart, a french hornist himself. They will also play by themselves as part of the concert.

The Wind Symphony will perform music by Alfred Reed, Sousa, and a host of other wind band composers as they celebrate the change of seasons.  Music from Hollywood and several different genres will be featured. 

  • Adult - $10
  • SSU Student w/ID - $5
  • Child over 12 - $5
  • Child 12 and under - Free

The Power of Freedom

Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

We wrap up our 2018-2019 season with a celebration of the POWER of America. New music, patriotic favorites, concert marches, and America's Birthday Party will be the focus of our program. Join the PWS and Steve Free and his band as we present the MOST American of experiences, an old fashioned BAND CONCERT on the 4th of July!

All concerts take place in the main theater of Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts in Portsmouth, Ohio with the exception of The Power of Freedom which takes place in Tracy Park in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Check out some videos of our past concerts on Facebook!


There are benefits to subscribing early to our concerts by returning the ticket order form with no need to call or visit the box office.

Advance Ticketing

Receive your tickets in advance to all events. Tickets are mailed to you without having to wait in line at the box office.

Easy Exchange

For tickets you cannot use, we will be glad to exchange your tickets for another concert or provide you with a tax-deductible receipt for any tickets you cannot use. Simply call the box office at (740) 351-3600 at least 24 hours before the concert.

Subscription orders received before October 7 will be mailed to the address provided on the order form. After October 7, tickets will be available at the McKinley Box Office Will Call. The McKinley Box Office is located in the lobby of Shawnee State University´┐Żs Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Ten-minute parking is available in the fountain circle area.

The Vern Riffe Center for the Arts is fully handicapped accessible. Seating for wheelchairs and hearing assisting devices are available. Please indicate your need for assistance when ordering your tickets.

For assistance in ordering your tickets, please call the McKinley Box Office at (740) 351-3600.


We earnestly seek your support and your subscription to the 2018-2019 season that promises to be a great one.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to The Portsmouth Wind Symphony. Ticket sales account for only 50% of the revenue needed to fund the season. The following are suggested categories:

  • Maestro | $1,000
  • Soloist | $500 - $999
  • Concert Master | $300 - $499
  • First Chair | $100 - $299
  • Patron | Up to $99

You may also sponsor a concert or a specific PWS chair.

Sponsor a Concert

  • Christmas or July 4th Concert | $2,000
  • October or April Concert | $1,000

Sponsor a Concert Master

  • Per Concert | $450
  • Concert Season | $2,500

Sponsor the Chair of a Specific Instrument

  • Per Concert | $800

Contributions will be acknowledged in our concert program and on our website and would be appreciated at any time of the year. Please make out checks to McKinley Box Office. Donations may also be made by Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. Mail payment and order form to:

  • McKinley Box Office
  • 940 Second Street
  • Portsmouth, Ohio 45662



(740) 351-3600 | McKinley Box Office



  • The Portsmouth Wind Symphony
  • P.O. Box 277
  • Portsmouth, Ohio 45662


  • Shawnee State University
  • 940 Second Street
  • Portsmouth, Ohio 45662


Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on the third floor of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts from August through June.

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