EWS Youth Band

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 create thinking.  Students perform two concerts each year, to include a performance in Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University, in conjunction with the Eastern Wind Symphony.

This year EWS YB leadership are excited to announce that the students will have the opportunity to work with Richard and Cheryl Floyd, two master teachers and conductors who are constantly in demand as guest conductors and clinicians.  Additionally, EWS YB will be performing with the Princeton Girl Choir under the direction of Lynnel Joy Jenkins.  These will prove to be incredible opportunities for the EWS YB students.  More information to come soon!

Some of the wind band literature performed by the ensemble in the past 6 years include:

  • Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger
  • Moon by Night by Jonathan Newman
  • Third Suite for Band by Robert Jaeger
  • Give Us This Day by David Maslanka
  • Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed
  • Symphonic Dances No. 3, Fiesta by Clifton Williams
  • One Life Beautiful by Julie Giroux
  • Vesuvius by Frank Ticheli
  • Theme from Green Bushes by Percy Grainger
  • Dusk by Steven Bryant
  • Elegy for a Young American by Ronald Lo Presti
  • Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance
  • At Twilight by Tyler S. Grant

Select the links to hear past EWS Youth Band performances of these selections!

EWS Youth Band students have the opportunity to work with many nationally and internationally recognized conductors, clinicians, and performers.  Some of the people our students have had the opportunity to personally engage with and learn from include:



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.

The 2019-20 season schedule is listed below. All rehearsals take place on Saturdays either at Montgomery High School or Hillsborough High School in NJ.   Any schedule changes will be communicated in advance.  The “Remind” online app will be used to allow the director to communicate rehearsal reminders to the group through smart phones.

The schedule has been designed to coordinate with the EWS Youth Jazz Band schedule to allow for participation in both.  On days where both the EWS Youth Jazz Band and EWS Youth Band rehearse, the EWS Youth Jazz Band will rehearse from 9:00 – 10:45 am and the EWS Youth Band will rehearse from 11:15 am – 2:00 pm. 

2019-20 SCHEDULE

Audition dates:

Three audition dates are available. Your individual time and date for your audition will be provided after the audition application is submitted.

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday rehearsal dates and times are listed. Locations will be provided before the start of the season.

NOTE: all rehearsals have been suspended at this time to protect the health and safety of our participants.  Communication regarding the remainder of the season will be provided directly to members through email.  Stay safe!

February 1, 2020 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
February 8, 2020 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
February 29, 2020 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
March 7, 2020 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
March 14, 2020 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
March 21, 2020 CLINIC DAY 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
April 4, 2020 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
April 25, 2020 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
May 2, 2020 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
May 9, 2020 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
May 16, 2020 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
May 30, 2020 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
June 1, 2020 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Monday evening)
June 6, 2020 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
June 13, 2020 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The season will include two concerts:

Sunday, May 17 CONCERT (time tbd, early afternoon) featuring the EWS Youth Band and an the EWS Youth Jazz Band, location TBD

Sunday, June 14 CONCERT at 4:00 pm at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ featuring the EWS Youth Band and the Eastern Wind Symphony.

VIEW these recordings from the 2018 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.

Audition for EWS Youth Band or Jazz Band

Learn More About the EWS Youth Jazz Band