The Portsmouth Wind Symphony

Performing the very best in classical and pops music for 24 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

  • Michael Penley (PRESIDENT)
  • Paul Hunt, Jr. (VICE PRESIDENT)
  • Trent Williams (TREASURER)
  • Lisa Carver (SECRETARY)
  • Linda Woods-Jones (SECRETARY)
  • Dr. Carl Daehler (EX-OFFICIO)
  • Terry Thompson (EX-OFFICIO)
  • Gale Dalton
  • Gail Miller
  • Lou Schoettle
  • Kevin Smedley
  • Sandra White

Contact the Board:

Terry Thompson, Conductor and Music Director

Terry Thompson
Conductor & Music Director


24th Season

Music from Around the World

Sunday, October 9, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Join us for a fun world tour as we present Music from Around the World. We will explore different composers and styles of music from Europe, south of the Equator, the Far East and lands beyond. You will be amazed when you hear some of the talented soloists we have within the PWS, and we are sure to entertain you as we "circle the globe" in search of the finest music ever written.

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

Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

You are invited to celebrate the Christmas season with our annual Christmas Celebration. A veritable cornucopia of holiday favorites both sacred and secular will highlight out program. Singing, playing and dancing our way through Christmas and into the New Year will put everyone in the mood to celebrate!

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

All Things Trombone

Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

We are going to "slide into spring" as we feature All Things Trombone for our spring-time concert. We will highlight the members of the PWS trombone section in a fun and raucous romp through the history of the trombone. A special guest trombone soloist will join us for this concert as we try and control the "clowns of the band"!

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

Salute to America

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

We will wrap up the 2016-17 season with our Salute to America concert in Tracy Park in Portsmouth. Along with our friend Steve Free and his band we will feature American music as be celebrate our freedom and liberty as the greatest nation on earth.

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 Salute to America which takes place in Tracy Park in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Aura Lee performed by The Portsmouth Wind Symphony on April 13, 2015

Aura Lee performed by The Portsmouth Wind Symphony on April 13, 2015


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’s 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 2015-2016 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 | $200 – $499
  • First Chair | $200 – $499
  • 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


Want to play with us? Come to our first rehearsal of the season. More information coming soon!