The Wizards of Winter was originally formed in the winter of 2009 as a way to give back to their hometown community. Band leader, Scott Kelly, was looking to hold a holiday concert event to support the local food pantry. Kelly, multi-talented keyboardist, took it upon himself to create a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute project, one that featured world-class musicians, to emphasize his deep love for the arena-level prog-rock. He approached his wife, Sharon Kelly (Lead Vocal/ Flutist), and Bassist, Steve Ratchen. With the three of them as a nucleus, they built a team of stellar musicians. Under the banner Wizards of Winter, the ensemble was able to give back to the community with several performances of holiday music of TSO in late 2010.