Youth Band

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.


The EWS Youth Band performs two concerts each year.   Rehearsals will take place at Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ, or Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, NJ.  In addition to performing an independent concert, the EWS Youth Band will perform in conjunction with the Eastern Wind Symphony in Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University in June.


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.


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:

  • Rehearsing and performing selections 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).

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 school band programs.  EWS Youth Band members should be able to participate in this group as well as fully commit to their school band programs and other high school activities such as sports, school trips, and co-curricular activities.

This year’s schedule for EWS Youth Band requires a commitment of a total of 9 dates, including 7 rehearsals and 2 concerts.  All rehearsals take place either at Montgomery High School or Hillsborough High School in NJ, and most run from 9:30am -3:00pm as noted below.  Any schedule changes will be communicated in advance.  New in 2018, we will be using “Remind,” an online app that allows the director to communicate rehearsal reminders to the group through smart phones.


Audition dates: There will be rolling admissions through April 14 for anyone who could not make the Feb. or March dates, and to fill the remaining sections as needed.

Rehearsals (2018):

Saturday, April 14 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Montgomery HS

Saturday, April 21 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Montgomery HS

Saturday, April 28 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Montgomery HS

Saturday, May 5 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Hillsborough HS (sectionals with EWS members)

Saturday, May 12 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Hillsborough HS

Saturday, May 19 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Hillsborough HS

Sunday, May 20 CONCERT at 3:00 pm at Hillsborough HS (call time tbd)

Saturday, June 2 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Montgomery HS

Saturday, June 9 CONCERT at 8:00 pm at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ


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.

Please click below for application guidelines and to submit an application. You will then be contacted with an audition time. For any questions regarding the EWS Youth Band, please contact

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.

Audition for the Youth Band