Blue Lake International Southern Winds

The 2015 Blue Lake Southern Winds, under the direction of John Heath, is comprised of the instrumentation found in a traditional symphonic wind ensemble, with woodwind, brass and percussion sections. The group's repertoire will range from traditional American symphonic literature to orchestral transcriptions and classic marches.

The Southern Winds will typically visit 6 or 7 European communities during their month long tour. They also participate in the Blue Lake in France program, where they are joined by approximately 30 French student musicians for a 5 day cultural residency in historic Figeac, France.

Their tour will culminate with a special homecoming performance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on August 1, 2015.

2015 International Southern Winds
John Heath, Music Director

Mr. John Heath received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education and Bachelors Degree in Tuba performance from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he has completed course work on a doctorate in Music Education.  Recently retired, Mr. Heath was the director of the Batavia High School Band, Batavia, Illinois for twenty two years. Mr. Heath has received numerous honors including:  2004 Kane County, Illinois Regional Superintendents Award for Teaching Excellence, Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel” Teaching Award, the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award, and Guest Conductor at Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp.  He is a two-time recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence.  Mr. Heath is currently serving the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) as Immediate Past President. He has also served on the National Advisory Board for the University Of Illinois School Of Music.  This past summer, Mr. Heath completed his fifteenth year conducting in the band program at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. This will serve as Mr. Heaths seventh tour as a conductor with the Blue Lake International Exchange Program.