Capital Wind Workshops

Capital Wind Workshops

“Practice with the Pros”

Middle & High School Band Workshops in Washington DC

Are you searching for exciting trip ideas or “things to do” for your middle or high school band in Washington, DC? Look no further! The Capital Wind Symphony provides an exceptional performance workshop experience for bands of all levels. As one of the top travel destinations in the world, Washington, DC, is the perfect location for this musical adventure. Since 2000, the Capitol Wind Symphony has offered a unique educational opportunity to bands visiting the region. This workshop will be a highlight of your trip and an experience that your students and program will benefit from for years to come.


What are Capital Wind Workshops?

The Capital Wind Symphony offers a unique and inspiring 90-minute side-by-side performance experience. Your band musicians will work with a highly acclaimed conductor and rehearse alongside the region’s top professional musicians. These musicians will work and perform with every section of your band to demonstrate proper performance concepts. The instructors are experienced in working with young ensembles and sit alongside the students, demonstrating and instructing individual sections within the larger ensemble. The use of live demonstration leads to dramatic improvements in the ensemble’s performance.

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for our side by side event Saturday. I would argue that Saturday was the best thing I have ever been able to be a part of in support my student’s music education.  Read more testimonials.

– Jason T. Guira, Director of Bands, Rappahannock County High School 

It was an educational and inspirational session. My students are definitely sounding better now that they have heard how the music could and should be played. George established a great connection and professional atmosphere.  Read more testimonials.

-Judy Einuis, Director of Bands, Robinson Secondary School

What repertoire does each band need to prepare?  

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

 It is always a pleasure – the educational highlight of the year. BRAVO AND THANK YOU!  Read more testimonials. 

-Brian Baldwin, Director of Bands, Marshall High School

When can Capital Wind Workshops be scheduled?

The Capital Wind Workshop is available at all times of the year and is 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 enhanced musicianship and individual learning that will augment the music education experience for every student.


The 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. Still, the difference is that a Capital Wind Workshop includes a fully instrumented and balanced ensemble of professional musicians and a conductor to demonstrate and teach your students.   Workshops can be designed and priced for any size band or wind symphony. Please inquire here for options and pricing.