In 1991, the Capital Wind Symphony ™ under the direction of George Etheridge, was created as an all volunteer ensemble for musicians near the Nation’s Capital 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.
Today, after 24 years, The Capital Wind Symphony™ is widely regarded as one of the nation’s premier wind symphonies. Performances are highly praised for their expressiveness, beauty, energy, and sonority. The ensemble attracts many of the region’s finest musicians and welcomes new players each season by audition.
MISSION: Capital Winds™ is dedicated to 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 “Practice with the Pros.”