EWS Youth! Band Spring 2022 Season

Concert dates May 22, 2022 (location tbd) and June 4, 2022 at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, NJ with the Eastern Wind Symphony

Welcome to the Eastern Wind Symphony Youth! Band (EWS YB).  The EWS YB prides itself in performing advanced wind band repertoire at a very high level while engaging students in a rehearsal process that teaches them strong independent musicianship skills and creative thinking. This year, the EWS YB will be resume indoor rehearsals following COVID-19 safety protocols.  All participants (students and staff) are required to be fully vaccinated due to requirements from the rehearsal and performance venues.  Musicians will be required to wear masks when not playing, and to use a musician mask or lower their mask while actively playing. Percussion players will wear masks at all times. All wind instruments will require bell covers (they can be provided if they students do not already have bell covers).

2022 Season Dates

Rehearsal dates for this coming spring are listed below.  Location (central NJ) and time (either 9am to 12 noon or 11am to 2pm) will be determined before the start of the season and updated on this site when available.

Two concerts are planned.  The first will be a stand along EWS Youth! Band concert on May 22 (location tbd), and the second will be a performance with the adult EWS ensemble at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, NJ on June 4, 2022.

Spring 2022 rehearsal dates:
(Note: first rehearsal postponed to March 12)
March 12
March 19
March 26
April 2
April 9
April 23
April 30
May 7
May 14
May 21

VIEW these recordings from the 2019 EWS YB June performance in Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.

Select the link below to view these recordings:

Give Us This Day by David Maslanka

Elegy for a Young American by Ronald Lo Presti

Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed

At Twilight by Tyler S. Grant


Use these links to listen to recordings 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.