Guy Simonian is a volunteer former member of Capitol Symphonic Winds. He played the Alto Saxophone with the Symphony between the years of 2005 and 2014. When he first joined the group, concerts were announced by mailing postcards to friends of the members. Simonian brought Capitol Winds into the digital world by creating a website for the organization, which he also maintained. In addition to concert programs, photos, and videos, Simonian developed an electronic mailing list system to announce upcoming concerts, which is still in use today. He still manages the concert announcement system for the group, despite not being an active member.
Guy Simonian's musical career began at the age of 10 when he took private lessons from a friend of the family. He played in high school marching band at Pulaski High School in New Britain, Connecticut as well as the jazz stage band and the pit orchestras for their musicals. Donald Santora, the band leader at Pulaski was instrumental in motivating many to pursue music education as a profession. A 1994 memorial service at the high school honored his career. At Tufts College he also enjoyed played tenor saxophone in the stage band as well as the University Wind Ensemble, serving as its President in his senior year. He played in one rock band which formed while serving as a camp counselor at a camp in upstate New York. After studying classical guitar for a year Guy returned to the saxophone. His musical career culminated in playing for the Capitol Symphonic Winds before he left to pursue other interests. You can read more about him on guysimonian.com, cotalsystems.com. and Check Fund Manager. Here is Guy's rendition of Harlem Nocturn.
*This website information is independently produced by Guy Simonian, a volunteer community member musician of the Capitol Winds Ensemble. The University of Hartford and Hartt School are not responsible for this content.