Tallahassee Winds


About Us

Founded in 1997, the one-hundred member Tallahassee Winds performs four formal concerts during its regular season. The "season" begins in September and extends to May. The band holds four rehearsals, on Tuesday evenings, plus a dress rehearsal, in preparation for each formal concert. Guest conductors and soloists are frequently presented.

Membership in the band is available by audition as seats become available. If you would like to be called for an audition when an opening occurs, please call (850) 644-3507 and leave your name, instrument, and phone numbers where you can be reached. A commitment to participate in an entire season is expected when an audition is arranged. In the first seven seasons the Tallahassee Winds has performed over 230 selections of quality band literature. In addition, it was invited to perform for the FMEA/Southern Division MENC Convention in January of 1999, and the National Convention of Association of Concert Bands in March, 2001.

Statement of Purpose

Tallahassee Winds is designed to provide opportunities for advanced level wind and percussion players who live within the Tallahassee area to play quality band literature in formal concert settings. It is also designed to bring together music educators and adult musicians from the community into one organization where music performance can be achieved in a challenging yet enjoyable format. Further, Tallahassee Winds hopes to add to the cultural opportunities available to the citizens of Tallahassee and the surrounding areas by providing audiences with programs containing a wide variety of band music that is accessible and enjoyable to hear.

Our Directors

Patrick Dunnigan, Music Director
Director of Bands and Professor of Music
Florida State University
College of Music
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180

Patrick Dunnigan is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at The Florida State University College of Music. A member of the FSU faculty since 1991, Dr. Dunnigan is the principal conductor and music director of the University Symphonic Band, the University Concert Band and the Marching Chiefs. His other teaching duties include undergraduate conducting courses and instrumental music methods. He received FSU’s prestigious University Teaching Award in 2003.

A nationally recognized guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, Dr. Dunnigan has published numerous articles on conducting, instrumental music methodology, and research in leading journals. His textbook, Marching Band Techniques, is published by The Instrumentalist Company and has become the leading college textbook of marching band methodology. His transcriptions and arrangements for concert band are performed regularly by leading university, community, and professional wind bands including the Dallas Wind Symphony. He has presented clinic sessions for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.

A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, Dr. Dunnigan received the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from the University of Texas at Austin, the Master of Music in Conducting degree from Northwestern University, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky. He was a member of the faculty at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo from 1987 to 1991, and prior to collegiate teaching he was Director of Bands at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky, where his symphonic, jazz, and marching bands received numerous national and regional awards for excellence. He is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Florida Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. He is also an honorary member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma, and received the Friend of the Arts award from Sigma Alpha Iota.


David Plack, Music Director
Director of Athletic Bands
Florida State University
College of Music
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180

David Plack, Director of Athletic Bands, was appointed to the wind band conducting and music education areas at Florida State University in 2004. Dr. Plack serves as a Co-Director for the Florida State University Marching Chiefs. His additional responsibilities in the area of athletic bands include the direction and supervision of Seminole Sound, FSU’s athletic band program, which includes the men’s basketball pep band, the women’s basketball and volleyball pep bands, and numerous group performances in support of FSU athletics and Florida State University. Among other responsibilities in the areas of wind band conducting and music education, Dr. Plack assists with the supervision of music education intern teachers and conducts the University Concert Band.

Dr. Plack holds the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Master of Music Education degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from the Florida State University College of Music. As an undergraduate student at Florida State University, he was a proud four-year member of the Marching Chiefs under the direction of Bentley Shellahamer, Robert Sheldon, and Patrick Dunnigan. Prior to collegiate teaching, he taught seven years at Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, Florida.

He holds active memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association. Dr. Plack is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and holds honorary memberships in both Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi.

He is an active drill designer and arranger having provided numerous creative projects for the Marching Chiefs and other athletic band activities. Dr. Plack is also an active guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator in the state of Florida.


Bentley Shellahamer, Founding Director
Florida State University
College of Music
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180

BENTLEY SHELLAHAMER, retired Assistant Dean and Professor of Music Education at  Florida State University, has been on the faculty since 1977. He previously served as director of the Marching Chiefs and Associate Conductor of Bands for twelve years. Prior to joining the College of Music faculty, Dr. Shellahamer was the Band Director at James Rickards High School in Tallahassee and Piper High School in Fort Lauderdale. During his teaching career he has served in various offices in the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Broward County Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu National Honorary Band Directors Fraternity. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Shellahamer earned both the Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music Education degrees from Florida State University. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Ohio State University. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Shellahamer conducts the Wind Symphony in the fall semester, and teaches various music education courses. He is the co-author of a widely used textbook on marching band techniques, has served as an adjudicator for band festivals and contests throughout the nation, and is active as a clinician/ conductor.

Current Season

Tallahassee Winds Celebrates its 17th Season!

Our Next Concerts:

Tuesday, February 10th @ 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 28th @ 7:30pm


Ticket Prices:
Tickets are availble at the door only. No advance purchases required.

$8.00 General Admission
$5.00 Students and Seniors

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Check back soon for information regarding the 2016-2017 Season!

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