First Wind is a professional Flute and Guitar Duo that specializes in Classical music as well as many other styles including Bossa Nova, Jazz and Popular music. They are the perfect addition to any event or venue that could benefit from quality music at a volume that is not overpowering to your guests.
Price Range: $250-$750
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Policy covers First Wind at any event if there is any damage to the premise, or any bodily injury or medical expense if caused by us.
What to Expect
When working with Rhonda and Jeff one can expect prompt responses to questions and inquiries. They can also expect friendly and accommodating interaction with us leading up to their event s well as honest advice where needed. We are trained professionals who have been in this service both for over 20 years, but most importantly our clients can expect to receive a quality music at a reasonable volume that will enhance their event and create an enjoyable atmosphere!
Rhonda Bowen – Flute
Rhonda is an experienced flutist and pianist. She is an Arizona native and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in both Flute Performance and Music Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After NAU, Rhonda went on to receive her Masters of Music in Flute Performance at Michigan State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her education she had the privilege of studying with accomplished flutists such as Richard Sherman, Philip Swanson and additional studies with Jonathan Snowden.
Throughout her career on stage Rhonda has had the honor of performing at the White House, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Library of Congress and NY’s Times Square. She has been a member of Capital City Symphony in Washington D.C. and Symphony of the Southwest in Mesa, AZ. She has also performed in many chamber groups including Columbia Flute Choir, First Light (two flutes and a harp), Desert Echoes Flute Project and her most current project, First Wind, with guitarist Jeff Lauffer.
Rhonda is very active in her field and has served on the Board of Directors for Flute Society of Washington and Arizona Flute Society. As an educator she has taught instrumental music in public schools in Fairfax, VA and the Phoenix metro area. She has also taught for Columbia Institute of Fine Arts in Falls Church, Virginia and Levine School of Music in Washington DC. Currently, Rhonda is the director of bands at Salt River High School in Scottsdale, AZ.
Jeff Lauffer – Guitar
Jeff is originally from Albany, NY but has been living in the Valley since 97′. He started playing guitar at an early age and after high school began to study music more formally at Schenectady County Community College. He studied classical guitar there under the direction of Tony Sano and Joel Brown. In 97′ Jeff transferred to A.S.U. where he studied both Jazz and Classical guitar for 6 more years and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in both Music and Italian. Since that time Jeff has made his living teaching and performing professionally through out the Southwest. He is accomplished in many styles of music including Jazz, Pop, Rock, Bossa Nova and Classical. He has served as the lead guitarist for Carefree Community Church since 2003 and can also be seen performing in numerous successful tribute shows. Most notable are the tributes to Frankie Valli by TAD management and Michael Buble’ tribute by Scott Keo. Presently, Jeff is busy working in a new classical duo project with flutist Rhonda Bowen called First Wind.
Additional Booking Notes
First Wind Duo will provide all their own amplification and microphones. We do not provide microphones and amplification for people who may be speaking at the event.
Afro Cuban Lullaby
Air on a G String
Be Thou With Me
Canon in D
Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
La Muerta Del Angel
Bring Him Home
Sicilienne - Faure
Siciliano from Sonata II - J.S. Bach
Vivaldi - For Seasons
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Fly Me To The Moon
A Foggy Day
All of Me
Body and Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
In a Sentimental Mood
Mercy Mercy Mercy
My Funny Valentine
Song for My Father
Latin & Basilian:
Girl From Ipanema
One Note Samba
Once I Loved
Corcovado(Quiet Nights Quiet Stars)
La Muerta Del Angel
Per De Moleque
Dust in the Wind
Fire and Rain
Just the Way You Are
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
What A Wonderful World
Influences & Inspiration
Jeff's Influences: John Williams, Joao Gilberto, Paulo Bellinati, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley, Clifford Brown and John Coltrane as well as my parents wife and daughter.
Performance area no smaller than 6' x 6'
Shade if outside between the months of May thru September
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