Established in 1985 by Southern Methodist University music professor Howard Dunn and musician Kim Campbell, the Dallas Wind Symphony is regarded as one of the premier wind ensembles in the United States. The symphony consists of some fifty woodwind, brass, and percussion players and blends together the traditions of the British brass band with the American concert band. The Dallas Wind Symphony has performed on National Public Radio and has recorded several albums, including The Brass and the Band, Fiesta!, Holst, Testament, Trittico (which was voted best classical album in 1994 by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors), Pomp and Pipes, Beachcomber, Arnold for Band, Holidays & Epiphanies: The Music of Ron Nelson, and Marches I've Missed. In 1991 the ensemble gave a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II.
During the early 1990s the Dallas Wind Symphony added as principal guest conductor Frederick Fennell who already had been a leading conductor of wind bands throughout the United States for the previous forty years. Fennell recorded for both the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. Fennell Favorites, recorded live with the Dallas Wind Symphony in 1991, is the only live album recorded by Fennell. In 1998 the Dallas Wind Symphony founded its own label, Widget Records, on which it released the self-produced album, Strictly Sousa. The Dallas Wind Symphony’s album, Garden of Dreams, has been nominated for a Grammy as Best Engineered Album, Classical. It features the music of David Maslanka and was recorded in Plano, Texas, in 2006.
In 2007 the Dallas Wind Symphony held its first annual Invitational Windband Festival. Beginning in 2011, the symphony has also held an annual Legendary Texas Bandmasters award ceremony. In 2015 the Dallas Wind Symphony celebrated its thirtieth anniversary season. Jerry Junkin remained as the ensemble’s longtime artistic director and conductor. Founder Kim Campbell was the organization’s executive director. The symphony performed at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and also offered summer park concerts.