CloudWinds Trio

Al Asmus, Flutes, Richard Chandler, Bassoon, Tom Gaetz, Clarinet

The CloudWinds Woodwind Trio Performs in the St Cloud, Central Minnesota Area for Recitals, Church Services, Weddings, Funerals, Receptions & Private Parties

When you have a special event, you want to make it very unique, engaging and memorable. Nothing says special as much as live classical music, tailored to your event and played beautifully! The CloudWinds Trio has the kind of music that can meet your desire to have a memorable and successful event. We perform in recitals, church services, weddings, funerals, receptions and private parties.

In addition to classical music written for a woodwind trio, we also perform arrangements of more familiar music. Because I do music composing and arranging, I can arrange music that you wish to have for your event. I recently did an arrangement for our trio for a wedding in which the bride requested an arrangement of the Lana Del Rey version of “Once Upon A Dream.” This was performed as part of the wedding ceremony. We can do put together and perform arrangements of songs and music that you are especially fond of too!


The Musicians of the CloudWinds Woodwind Trio

Cloud Winds Woodwind Trio was formed in January 2018 by Tom Gaetz, (clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano saxophone), Al Asmus, (flutes, saxophones, and bass clarinet), and me, (bassoon, saxophones, and recorders). We are a group of highly trained and experienced musicians who love to play chamber music together.

Al is the owner of Al Asmus Band Instrument Repair in St. Cloud and is well known as a jazz saxophonist. He began his musical career with the US Army Band and has continued to actively perform throughout his professional career.

Tom and I have played duets over many years. He is a graduate of St. Johns University with a BA degree in Music. Tom play 1st clarinet with the Amadeus Chamber Symphony and clarinet and bass clarinet with the St Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Tom is the owner of his contracting business focused on high-quality remodeling and renovation.

I attended St. Johns University and finished my BA degree in music at St. Cloud State University. I also studied music composition for an academic year at the University of Minnesota under music composition professor Alex Lubet, PhD.


5 woodwind instruments of Saxophones, flutes, clarinet, Bass Clarinet, bassoon

How the CloudWinds WoodWind Trio is Organized as a St Cloud & Central Minnesota Performance Ensemble

We Have 4 Organizing Principles

  1. To play interesting chamber music for a variety of audiences including traditional chamber music concerts, weddings and funerals, religious services and anywhere an audience might appreciate chamber music. This, of course, includes pubs!
  2. To play newly composed music from living composers including my own music
  3. To play on a large variety of instruments, mixing up all the different instruments we play for to create unique and varied sound colors
  4. To go up and down in the number of players so we may play solos, duets, trios and add other musicians to play wind quintets


We performed our first chamber music recital on Friday, May 4th, at the Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship (3226 Maine Prairie Rd. St. Cloud, MN).  We were joined by Richard Dirlam, saxophones and Doug Duea on Piano and our music was enthusiastically received by our wonderful audience members.

In October we performed for a large outdoor wedding prior to, during and immediately after the ceremony. We heard many positive comments by wedding guests and members of the wedding party regarding our part in the wedding.

Please contact me at 320-282-8029 by text or by calling to discuss your event and how we may perhaps work with you to make it extra special!




Richard Chandler

CloudWinds Trio


2524 Goettens Way

St Cloud, MN 56301