Beginning in the summer of 1990, several meetings by a handful of musicians produced the concept of a professional-level wind orchestra in Ventura County. Named the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, a call for accomplished musicians went out and the first rehearsal was held in January 1991. Among the co-founders, Clint Dawley was selected as conductor and Michael Doty as associate conductor.
The all-volunteer organization has two primary goals: first, to provide a challenging musical experience for fine local musicians and second, to enhance the artistic life in Ventura County. To this end, the organization is based on the principle of fine performance of quality concert band and wind ensemble repertoire. Due to the demanding nature of the musical literature, membership in the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble is by invitation and audition.