The GWS was formed in 1981 by then U of M-Flint band director Dr. A Raymond Roth who conducted it until he retired after 1989. Since then the band has been conducted by Gary Owens, Joe Dobos, Mike Gillian, Bruce Nieuwenhuis and currently under the baton of
Doug Burtch. Dr. Roth currently resides in Maryland and living in the Mackinaw City/St Ignace area and he continues to be involved in several local music activities.
The purpose for our group is:
- Promote the performance of old and new literature to all segments of the listening community.
- Provide for musicians of above average skills an avenue of education and exposure to world class music.
- Provide for young musicians, of exceptional skills in the area, an opportunity to display their skills through the annual A. Raymond Roth Solo Competition.
- Provide an environment which promotes education of younger musicians through example and performance.Photo courtesy of BH Photographic