The Flanagan Wind Orchestra, under the Direction of Mr. Stephen K. Rivero is one of the most critically acclaimed ensembles in the state of Florida. The Flanagan Wind Orchestra has consistently received Straight Superior Ratings at District and State Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessments, and has received praise for exceptionally moving performances of advanced contemporary music.
The ensemble has performed in some of the most high profile venues in the nation, including: a performance tour in Washington, D.C; a feature performance for the Florida Music Education Association Professional Development Conference; two national championships at the National Adjudicator’s Invitational, including the presentation of an Honor Award for exceptional achievement at the Grand Invitational; and most recently, a National Championship at the Walt Disney World Festival in which the Flanagan Wind Orchestra earned the highest score in the history of the competition.
The Flanagan Wind Orchestra has been a formidable force in promoting new works for bands and wind ensembles. The ensemble has been involved with premieres of works by major composers including David Maslanka, Donald Grantham, and Ryan George. The ensemble has also hosted residencies with composers David Maslanka, James Woodward, John Mackey, and now Frank Ticheli.