Our Mission Statement
One of the region’s most established wind groups, The Ramsey Wind Symphony is a volunteer organization that provides opportunities for qualified individuals to renew, maintain and develop their interests and talents in the performing arts by participating in a positive and uplifting musical environment. Since its inception on December 19, 1986, the Ramsey Wind Symphony has served Northern Jersey, Rockland, and the surrounding communities for more than three decades, playing a wide-ranging repertoire of traditional and popular music for many who would otherwise be unable to access such an experience.
The season is comprised of regular Wednesday evening rehearsals and a series of indoor and outdoor concerts, including the annual Ramsey Fourth of July Celebration and Ramsey Day (a festive carnival day celebrating the end of the summer in Ramsey). The Ramsey Wind Symphony focuses on love of music, craft, enthusiasm, constancy of commitment and effort, the highest possible artistic excellence, and a desire to share the joy of music. The Wind Symphony strives to create an atmosphere of accessibility within the community, warmth, challenge, and encouragement for its participants and audience.
We invite all who love intensely inspiring and expressive live symphonic music to join us in our pursuits.
Minesh Shah is a professional music educator and performer from the NY/NJ area. Minesh holds a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. During his time at UML, Minesh studied Trombone with Willis Traphagan and Conducting with Dan Lutz and David Martins. Minesh also studied Brass Pedagogy extensively while being Professor Traphagan’s final Trombone student. Currently Mr. Shah is finishing his Master’s of Arts with a concentration in Trombone Performance from Montclair State where he studied Trombone with R. Clyde Wigness and James Markey. He is also earning an MA in Educational Leadership from St. Peter’s College.
After college, Mr. Shah began teaching in NJ and found success with diverse populations, from the inner city to Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon Schools. In 2017, Mr. Shah returned the Weehawken ensemble to USBANDS where they earned the Group 1A State and National Championships. While teaching in Elizabeth, Minesh was the Music Capitan & Ensemble Supervisor for the Elizabeth High School Marching Band, during which time the band won State and National Championships for four years running. While at Elizabeth Mr. Shah worked with some of the country’s top names in education, pageantry and composing including Wayne Dillon and Jim Prime Jr. In addition to his teaching, Minesh is the Music Director and Conductor of the Ramsey Wind Symphony.
Jennifer Thorton (piccolo)
Denise Hawkins (Eb clarinet)