The Wind Wakers

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This article is about the Nintendo employee brass band. For the game, see The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. For the baton, see Wind Waker.
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The Wind Wakers is the name of a brass orchestra consisting of over 70 Nintendo employees and led by Eiji Aonuma.[1][2] The orchestra was started around 1995 by Aonuma and five other Nintendo employees,[1] and plays three to four concerts per year just for Nintendo employees.[2][3]


  1. 1.1 1.2 "Yeah, in a Nintendo brass band called The Wind Wakers. It started out as me and five friends at Nintendo, but then it expanded to over 40 people. The band's actually been around for about 12 years. I'm the leader and I play Latin percussion." — Eiji Aonuma, 1UP, October 17th 2007
  2. 2.1 2.2 "We began with just a few members, but now we are up to 70-something people. We hold these really large concerts inside the company about three times a year and we also have the occasional opportunity for outside performances, as well." — Eiji Aonuma, Game Informer, February 21st 2015
  3. "Well personally, I like music a lot. Yesterday, I don't know if you noticed, but I was wearing a T-Shirt that said "The Wind Wakers" on it, which is the name of this Wind Orchestra—basically an Orchestra that is made up of Nintendo employees—that I'm a member of. I play percussion in the orchestra: bongos, congas, timpani, things like that. And we do four concerts per year—and they're not big concerts or anything—they're just for Nintendo employees." — Eiji Aonuma, GDC Roundtable, May 17th 2004