Left, Robert Frazer (trombone), Bob Chrien (alto sax), Chuck McCullough (trombone) and Craig Martin (tenor sax). Right, Ted Vives conducts the orchestra.

The Los Alamos Community Winds with Conductor Ted Vives, have achieved third place in the community band division of the national The American Prize competition. The band was selected from applications reviewed during the summer from all across the United States.
The American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.
The Community Winds offered the following autobiographical sketch:
“The Los Alamos Community Winds is a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos community. We comprise both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees in our area. The first performances of a concert band in Los Alamos were noted in newsletters from 1946. Activities over the years have included many weekly summer concerts as well as performing at various civic functions such as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.”
Among the goals are:
1. To provide the Los Alamos community with a quality performing ensemble specializing in the best literature for the concert band and wind ensemble.