Our History

In 1976, Walt Cleland formed and directed the Westwinds Community Band. Mr. Cleland formed this band to provide an avenue for adult musicians in Vancouver to come together in fellowship and play music. Mr. Cleland was replaced by Loren Hascall in 1984.

Under Loren's direction, the band performs locally a range of music styles from classical to contemporary. Our group evolved over the past years to form today's ensemble of 20 plus members and we maintain our motto that, "we enjoy having fun and playing music...distinctly in that order."

No auditions are necessary to join the Westwinds Community Band as we always welcome new members. If you would like to join the band, please attend one of our weekly rehearsals or call Loren Hascall at 360-254-7055.

If you are interested in having the Westwinds Community Band perform at your event, please contact Loren Hascall at 360-254-7055.

The Westwinds Community Band is a community-based ensemble. It is incorporated as a non-profit organization under the laws of Washington State. Any contributions to this organization are tax-deductible under Section 501-c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Our Conductor

In 1976, Loren Hascall attended one of the first rehearsals of the Westwinds Community Band. He later joined the band in 1979 and became Assistant Conductor in 1983. Mr. Hascall assumed the position of Conductor and Musical Director in 1984.

Mr. Hascall, a lifetime resident of Vancouver, Washington, attended school in the Vancouver School District and graduated from Fort Vancouver High School. He has Music Education degrees from Clark College, Central Washington State College, and Lewis and Clark College. During his thirty-two year career as a band director he studied with many outstanding musical performers, conductors, composers, and educators at colleges and clinics across the United States. Mr. Hascall also completed course-work at the American Band College at Southern Oregon University, is a Phoenix Member of the Western International Band Clinic, and is a recipient of the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. He continues to conduct and teach music as well as perform in select ensembles.

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