Practice with the Pros | Middle & High School Band Workshop

Looking for “things to do” or the perfect trip idea while taking your middle or high school band to Washington DC?

The Capital Wind Symphony is pleased to offer one of the nation’s best performance workshop experiences for  middle and high school bands travelling to Washington DC.   The Capital Wind Workshops is a unique and highly inspiring 90 minute side-by-side performance experience in which your band musicians sit next to and “practice with the pros.” 

What are Capital Wind Workshops?

Since 2000, the Capitol Wind Symphony, under the direction of George Etheridge, has provided a unique educational opportunity for middle and high school bands visiting the Washington DC region.  As a successful private teacher and conductor for over fifty years, Mr. Etheridge has always known that by demonstrating concepts, rather than simply talking about them, students are able to learn and internalize the lessons more quickly.

Capital Wind Workshops has expanded on this learning style by engaging the regions top  professional musicians in and around the nation’s capitol to work and perform with every section of your band to demonstrate proper concepts of performance. The examples set by these exceptional musician/teachers make a remarkable and noticeable change in the performance level of any ensemble. The clinicians and artists represent some of the finest musicians our nation’s capital has to offer. Distinctly experienced in working with young ensembles, these instructors sit side-by-side with students demonstrating and instructing individual sections within the larger ensemble. The result is a more complete understanding of educational concepts that result in remarkable and dramatic results in the ensemble’s performance.

What repertoire does each band need to prepare?  

The workshop is very flexible and customized to any skill level.  Directors can choose to bring one or more selections which they have already performed or are preparing for an upcoming concert, contest, or festival. The workshop works beautifully at any point in the ensembles preparation whether it is just beyond sight-reading or almost performance ready.  You will be amazed at your students reaction to hearing their works modeled professionally and the how quickly they begin to mimic what they observe and hear!  All aspects of creating an artistic performance are addressed, but the workshop will also reinforce  the fundamentals.   There is no better workshop for making music and inspiring your students!  Read the testimonials. 

When can Capital Wind Workshops be scheduled?

Capital Wind Workshops  are available at all times of the year and are scheduled in advance to coincide with your ensemble’s travel schedule. Each workshop and venue is customized to fit the needs of your ensemble and its current level of performance. In all cases, the Capital Wind Workshop curriculum provides for enhanced musicianship and individual learning that will augment the music education experience for every student.

Pricing?

A Capital Wind Workshop is very affordable  and easily fits within the standard educational tour budget.  Pricing is competitive to workshops offered by other travel companies and popular venues, but the difference is a Capital Wind Workshop includes a fully instrumented and balanced ensemble of professional musicians along with a conductor to demonstrate and teach your students.   Workshops can be designed and priced for any size band or wind symphony. Please contact us to discuss the options and pricing. 

info@capitalwindsymphony.org