The Prairie Winds Concert Band provides an opportunity for area instrumentalists to continue playing and performing in the context of the concert band, while serving the West Central area as a provider of musical entertainment and community involvement.

Summer concerts in Rice Park start Wed June 8 at 7pm. 4 more concerts on the next Wednesdays.

It's free so bring a lawn chair and enjoy popcorn and water.


Watch our concert of April 24th in the new Benson HS Auditorium on YouTube.


You can listen to some of our recent concerts on the Music page.

We strive to:

  • To contribute positively to the musical environment of the area we serve.
  • To provide an opportunity for individual musical expression and growth among the membership.
  • To provide an opportunity for contact between musicians of varying proficiencies for the purpose of continued
    musical growth as well as community fellowship.
  • To reaffim the community concert band position in American music.

Listen to some of our songs on the music page

Check out our YouTube page. YouTube

Follow us on Facebook.

Our Fall and Spring director
is Brock Duncan from Benson High School
Our Summer Director
is Dennis Benson

Brock Duncan directs our Fall and Spring seasons. He is currently in his 31st year as the band director in the Benson School District. Mr. Duncan is a graduate of Apple Valley High School and St Olaf College. He is an active adjudicator and a member of MBDA and Phi Beta Mu.

Dennis Benson will be our summer season director. Born in Grove City, he attended Ridgewater College and Bemidji University graduating with a major in Music Education. He has directed the group many times in the past and when not directing plays trombone.

We are grateful to have support from the Willmar Area Community Foundation and Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

Prairie Winds Concert Band
a regional community band based in Willmar, Minnesota

web design by Dennis Benson