For only the third time in 25 years, Little London Winds has a new director.
Joseph Olivieri recently took over the baton from Paul Jacobson, who announced his departure earlier this year. His last concert with the band was Aug. 14.
A pool of six candidates was whittled to two. Each auditioned for three nights with the band, and members voted for their favorite after the last rehearsal.
"His personality fit well with the group," said Adrienne Boese, a flutist, piccolo player and spokeswoman for Little London Winds. "He's very energetic and excited and passionate, and we could see that translate through the way he conducted and interacted with the band."
Olivieri is a retired music educator with a bachelor's of music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's of music education with an emphasis in orchestral conducting from the University of Colorado.
The trumpet and cornet player has conducted the Pueblo Pop Orchestra, Pikes Peak Philharmonic, Colorado All State Orchestra, New Bern Civic Strings in North Carolina and others. He performs with the Pikes Peak Brass Band and the Lincoln Street Brass.
"A lot of people and audiences are excited to meet him and enjoy the enthusiasm he brings," Boese said. "He had followed our goings on and said he was a fan."
Little London Winds was formed as a nonprofit in 1992 by a small group of wind musicians. Membership now stands at about 40 dues-paying musicians and is by audition or invitation only. They play about 14 shows a year, including nine concerts during the summer in Manitou Springs. The next two shows are a Christmas concert Dec. 10 and a Hanukkah concert Dec.15. More information about the group can be found online at littlelondonwinds.org.