CWS welcomes new members each season.  Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be September 10.    Details can be found HERE. 

MS & HS Workshops!

Now booking middle and high school band workshops for the 2018-19 school year. Details!

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The Capital Wind Symphony, under the direction of George Etheridge, is widely regarded as one of the nation’s premier wind symphonies.  Based near the Nation’s Capital, the all-volunteer ensemble attracts many of the finest musicians from DC, MD and VA and welcomes new players each season by audition.  Members include military musicians, freelance players, studio teachers and music educators. The group rehearses weekly from September thru June, and presents regular concerts in the community including several programs which serve as education outreach.  

“The Capital Wind Symphony plays with great expression, beauty, and sonority.”   

Capital Winds was created in 1991 by Mr. Etheridge as an all-volunteer ensemble for musicians near the Nation’s Capital who were committed to playing the finest wind band literature at the highest level.  Soon after the inaugural season, the ensemble was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.  After 27 years, the band continues to thrive and support its mission which is “celebrating and preserving the great American band tradition by presenting diverse and artistic performances of contemporary and classic works, and by working closely with music educators to nurture and inspire student involvement within their school music programs.” 

CAPITAL WIND WORKSHOPS, ™  the Capital Wind Symphony’s educational outreach program, offers a highly effective “side-by-side” musical experience for elementary, middle and high school band musicians to rehearse and learn from professional musicians.