2017 Auditions

Applications are currently being accepted for auditions for the spring 2017 Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band! Auditions will be held on February 11 and 25, 2017 at Hillsborough High School in NJ.  Follow EWS on Facebook for more information.  If you would like to audition but are not available on this date, please submit and application and send an email to ewsyouthband@gmail.com to schedule an alternate time.

If you have previously played with the EWS Youth Band, you are invited back into the ensemble.  However, all students (both past and new members) need to audition for seating purposes.  Whether you are a Youth Band Alumni or auditioning for the first time, you will need to fill out the application for auditions.

Please click on the Auditions tab on the EWS web site to submit an application.  You will then be contacted with an audition time the week before the audition date.

If you have received an acceptance email to join the 2017 EWS YB and would like to pay tuition using paypal, please use this button.

Work with World Class Musicians!

These are some recordings from past years of the EWS Youth Band rehearsing with world class conductors and musicians.

Ray Cramer EWSYB rehearsal 1

The EWS Youth Band in rehearsal with Ray Cramer!!  Professor Cramer is the retired director of bands from Indiana University, Bloomington.  He is one of the world’s most sought after conductors and EWS was honored to have him working with the Youth Band students!

EWSYB Rehearsal – Ray Cramer 2

Another clip of Ray Cramer rehearsing EWS Youth Band at Richardson Auditorium.  It was an honor to have him work with both the Youth Band students and the Eastern Wind Symphony.

EWSYB James Keene Rehearsal 1

It is a goal to expose the Youth Band students to some of the finest and most important artists in the wind band world.  In addition to Ray Cramer, the students had the chance to work with James Keene, the retired director of bands from the University of Illinois.  Here is a clip of Professor Keene working with the students on Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy.

EWSYB Rehearsal – James Keene 2

Here is another clip of the EWS Youth Band students working with Professor Keene.

Mission Statement

The Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band serves to artistically engage talented young musicians through the exploration and performance of high quality wind band literature while promoting musical growth, educating students about the history of the wind band medium, and encouraging social and emotional growth.

Our goal is to provide a venue for talented student musicians to perform a variety of advanced wind band repertoire while supporting the educational goals of local school music programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Performance Opportunities

The EWS Youth Band will perform two concerts each year.   Rehearsals and performances will take place at the school of music at a central New Jersey location.  In addition to performing an independent concert, the EWS Youth Band will performing in conjunction with the EWS adults at the beautiful Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.

Educational Opportunities

Students in the EWS Youth Band will deepen their personal musicianship through the performance of some of the greatest wind band repertoire available.  Educational opportunities include:

  • Learning some of the greatest wind band repertoire available
  • Enhancing advanced ensemble skills
  • Performing with talented and advanced peers
  • Coaching and sectional instruction from Eastern Wind Symphony musicians
  • Side-by-side rehearsals with Eastern Wind Symphony musicians
  • Opportunity to observe all rehearsals of the Eastern Wind Symphony
  • Master classes with musicians renowned in their field of performance
  • Clinics with the guest performers of the Eastern Wind Symphony (past performers have included Stanley Drucker, Phil Smith, and Joe Alessi)
  • Working with world-class musicians (previous guest conductors and artists include Ray Cramer, James Keene, and Greg Giannascoli)

Artistic Direction

Students will be under the direction of Adam Warshafsky, the assistant conductor of the Eastern Wind Symphony.  Students will also work regularly with Todd Nichols, the artistic director of the Eastern Wind Symphony, as well as accomplished sectional coaches from the Eastern Wind Symphony.

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

The EWS Youth Band schedule is established to ensure it does not interfere with a typical high school band schedule.  A major goal of EWS Youth Band is to support local public school band programs.  EWS Youth Band members should be able to participate in this group as well as their local band programs, marching band, other local competition band programs, and other high school activities such as sports, exams (SATs), and social events such as proms and school trips.  Directors: for more information about this, please click on the “letter to directors” page.

This year’s schedule for EWS Youth Band requires a commitment of a total of 15 dates, including rehearsals and concerts.  All rehearsals typically take place either at Montgomery High School or Hillsborough High School in NJ, and run from either  11:00am -2:00pm or 9:30am – 12:30pm as noted below.  Certain sections may not need to arrive until 12:00pm on certain days, depending upon sectional work planned for that rehearsal.  Any schedule changes will be communicated in advance.  New in 2017, we will be using “Remind,” an online app that allows the director to communicate rehearsal reminders to the group through smart phones.

List of the 2017 rehearsal and concert dates (locations TBD)

Feb. 11 – Auditions – 9:30am – 12:30pm  Hillsborough HS, NJ

March 4 – Rehearsal – 11:00am – 2:00pm  Montgomery HS, NJ

March 11 – Rehearsal – 11:00am – 2:00pm  Montgomery HS, NJ

March 18 – Rehearsal – 11:00am – 2:00 pm  Montgomery HS, NJ

March 25 – Rehearsal – 9:30am – 12:30pm  Montgomery HS, NJ

April 8 – Rehearsal – 9:30am – 12:30pm  Montgomery HS, NJ

April 22 – Rehearsal – 9:30am – 12:30pm Montgomery HS, NJ

April 29  – Rehearsal – 9:30am – 12:30pm Montgomery HS, NJ

May 6 – Rehearsal – 11:00am – 2:00 pm  Hillsborough HS, NJ

May 13 – Rehearsal – 11:00am – 2:00 pm Hillsborough HS, NJ

May 20 – Rehearsal – 11:00am – 2:00 pm Montgomery HS, NJ

May 21 – CONCERT – 3:00pm (earlier musician call time TBD)

June 3 – Rehearsal – 11:00-2:00  Montgomery HS, NJ

June 10- Rehearsal – 11:00-2:00 Montgomery HS, NJ

June 11 – CONCERT with EWS at Richardson Auditorium – 4:00pm (earlier musician call time TBD)




For any questions regarding the EWS Youth Band, please contact ewsyouthband@gmail.com.