Performances of the little group were humble in nature as they played for the outpatient therapy center at St. Jude (Hospital) Continuing Rehabilitation Center, the Seal Beach Womens Club, the Easter Seals Adult Day Care Center and some other church groups. But the group had no name, no logo, and very little publicity. The students went to lunch together after rehearsal and had such a good time, they came up with the Lets Do Lunch Band.
A few years have passed, and the band has matured and added many players. A beginning band also was started for newer musicians along with the traditional music fundamentals class of recorders. In the homeschool community, the band is now recognized for its depth of abilities, service to the community, and musical versatility. Now receiving invitations to perform at major community venues such as Youth Expo, the Orange County Fair, Imagination Celebration and others, the Lets Do Lunch Band, is now aptly called Alpha Winds, where Alpha means highest or first. The intermediate band is called the Sound Waves and recorded its achievement as the State of Californias very first all homeschool marching band - recently scored a 2nd place at the Lompoc Flower Festival Parade.
Future plans are to increase the level of the Charis Chamber Orchestra led by Caroly Davidson and to develop a major tour to Canada in the next year. Invitations for the Alpha Winds for its upcoming season include the Ebel Club of Anaheim, the Tustin VFW, Tustin Tiller Days, Town and Country Manor, and will host the Vanguard University Jazz Festival.