About The

Formed in September 1999, the Cobb Wind Symphony is comprised of adult musicians from all over the Atlanta area. CWS was created to provide a musical outlet for musicians of Cobb County and the Atlanta area, and to further the development of band music. Members benefit from the positive musical experiences brought about by music making in the spirit of camaraderie, and from the opportunity to serve the community through a lifelong love of music with concerts in local schools and outdoor venues. The band rehearses twice a month on Sundays in the Lassiter High School Band Room in Marietta. Co-Founder and Musical Director, Alfred L. Watkins and charter member, Robert J. Cowles, lead the Cobb Wind Symphony. 

The group has grown from its initial 77 members to over 100, and includes musicians from all professions including education, medicine, law, engineering, management and technology. Brought together by a common love of music, the members of the Cobb Wind Symphony bring a unique sound to the metro Atlanta area. With great performances added to its resume, the popularity and reputation has steadily grown since its inaugural season. The charter committee and membership include many Lassiter High School Band alumni and past students of Alfred Watkins. Previous guest conductors include: Dr. Harry Begian, Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, Ray Cramer, Dr. Rick Clary, Dr. David Gregory, Mark Camphouse, Dr. David Holsinger, Timothy Adams, Sr., Andrew Cole, Michelle Richard and Col. Ben Dubose. 


Previous guest soloists include: 

  • Christopher Martin

  • Colin Williams

  • Otis Murphy

  • Cecil Welch

  • Adam Frey

  • James Gourlay 

  • Brandon Jones 

  • John Jeffries

  • Steven Bontempi

  • Kimberly Snyder 

  • Julie Gerhardt

  • John Mote

  • Julie Welch Shadle

  • Carol Doemel

  • James E. Thompson, Jr.

  • The Kenney Duo

  • The late Fred Mills