Cloud Winds

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


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).

Al is the owner of Al Asmus Band Instrument Repair in St. Cloud and is well known as a jazz saxophonist. Tom and I have played duets over the years and are members of the Amadeus Chamber Symphony.

There are 4 organizing principles of Cloud Winds:

  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 musician to play wind quintets

We are playing our first chamber music recital on Friday, May 4th, at the Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship (3226 Maine Prairie Rd. St. Cloud, MN) at 7:30 pm. We will be joined by Richard Dirlam, saxophones and Doug Duea on Piano. Hope you can attend!