The Capital City Wind Ensemble (CCWE) was founded in 2002 at the request of Mayor Randy Kelly. He called on longtime conductor and impresario, Max Metzger, to form a City employee band. The CCWE grew from a few people in the fall of 2002 to a 24-member concert band. Comprised mostly of City employees, the group rehearses in Saint Paul / Ramsey County City Hall/Courthouse Downtown St. Paul. Workers from other Downtown businesses joined, as well as some City retirees and friends. Together, they made a complete ensemble, capable of playing full arrangements of concert band literature, show tunes, and specialty tunes that can be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences. The group has been led by Mary Livingston and Roger Grupp since the fall of 2006. Mary is a retiree from the Parks and Recreation Department, and Roger is a Public Works retiree.