Robert Clark, Christopher Tucker, and Barry Knezek, the founders of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, were veterans of the Dallas-Fort Worth orchestral scene when they decided to start their own volunteer ensemble in 2006. After an audition period that yielded 50 of the area’s finest woodwind, brass, and percussion players, the LSWO held its first performance in the Meyerson, a celebration of Hispanic music featuring a mariachi band and folklorico dancers. Since then, the group has maintained an ambitious performance catalogue, enacted a number of community outreach programs, and provided more than 1,000 free tickets to members of the community. Because the group has no stringed instruments, the LSWO sounds and programs are different from other orchestral groups in the city, and it only occasionally breaks its no-strings rule to incorporate a harp or double bass. A season consists of about five 60- to 90-minute shows, often with cultural or seasonal themes.