The Baird Winds has been an artist-ensemble-in-residence in the Department of Music at Morehead State University for over three decades. The members of the ensemble are also music faculty members at MSU. With over 30 years of performing history, the Baird Winds has given numerous concerts throughout Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio. These performances include educational concerts, arts series concerts, appearances at Kentucky Music Educators Association Conferences, and concerts on the campus of Morehead State University. The wide variety of music performed by the Baird Winds includes the most important original chamber works for wind quintet as well as transcriptions of popular music and jazz.
Members of the Baird Winds include Jacob Roseman, flute; John Viton, oboe; Lori Baruth, clarinet; L. Curtis Hammond, horn; and David Oyen, bassoon.
What Others are Saying:
"The peaks and valleys are carefully navigated by the ensemble, as they are sensitive of the frequent solo exchanges and the coming together of the full ensemble...The group demonstrates great care in balance, phrasing, and ensemble work...The performers treat all details carefully, individual voices are luminous, and they manage to create a blend of timbres that is perfectly balanced, sonorous, and well-suited to this expansive style...The group performs with a unified, artful collaboration with beautiful phrasing, while also being sensitive to the many subtleties and nuances of the music...Also impressive is the sextet's precise ensemble work and intonation...This disc is a welcome addition to the libraries of those who love high quality chamber music performed beautifully...Like a rich dessert at the end of a meal, this music is worth lingering over." (Scott Locke, The Horn Call, vol. 39, no.2)
"I am very happy to strongly recommend this beautifully performed recording...Throughout the CD the Baird Winds display a wonderful refinement of ensemble and style. All five wind players are solid as individual performers as well...Bassoonist David Oyen plays with real class and a warm, rich tonal quality...I also particularly liked the performance of hornist L. Curtis Hammond, who delicately uses a lovely vibrato at times that reminds me of the late, great hornist John Barrows...Wonderful music skillfully performed by a highly talented ensemble." (Ron Klimko, The Double Reed, vol. 31, no.4)