The Crossroads Wind Symphony is an adult wind band under the direction of Paul W. Popiel, and is comprised of Missouri and Kansas musicians, most of who are music educators. Crossroads Wind Symphony began in 2016 with more than a year of planning the discussion to provide performance opportunities for busy musicians and directors to play their instruments, make great music together, and perform the highest quality repertoire. In 2018, the Crossroads Wind Symphony became a reality and is performing four to five concerts per year.
Paul W. Popiel, Conductor
Paul W. Popiel, professor of music, is the Director of Bands at the University of Kansas, only the seventh person to hold this position in the band’s storied 125-year history. Popiel conducts the KU Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate program in wind conducting, and guides all aspects of the university band program. His previous appointments include the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Oklahoma State University. He also enjoyed several wonderful years teaching in the public schools of Texas and Michigan. Popiel additionally serves as the conductor of the Crossroads Wind Symphony.
Kimberlyn Angelo, Percussion Manager
Melissa Askren, Personnel Manager
Jennifer Creek, Publicity Chair
Dan Freeman, Recruitment Chair
Tom Hornbaker, Treasurer
Julia Janda, Woodwind Music Librarian
Brandon Lesando, Business Manager
Michael Solomon, Logistics Manager
Chase Wallace, Bylaws Chair
Jacob Wilson, Brass Music Librarian