Welcome to Winds Across the Bay!
We are a nonprofit youth organization founded with the philosophy that opportunities must be provided to support and encourage youth in the study and love of instrumental music.
Winds Across the Bay is technically a Wind Ensemble (like an Orchestra, but without the Strings, except for the occasional Double Bass) for young musicians who wish to become highly-skilled players. It is open to middle and high school students who display a high-intermediate to advanced musical proficiency in any wind, brass or percussion instrument, as well as a desire to enhance their ability in the instrumental performing arts. Winds Across the Bay currently hosts two bands. These are The Minors for Middle-School age players with at least one year Band experience and The Majors, for players with at least 3 years of experience. Winds Across the Bay Youth Orchestra performs a broad spectrum of classical and contemporary music, much of it adapted from traditional full orchestral arrangements. In recent years, Winds has performed pieces by Bernstein, Mussorgsky, Ellington, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Smeltz, and many others. Membership for The Majors is by audition only; no auditions are necessary for The Minors. Tuition for the 2014-15 season is $600 for The Majors ($67/month for 9 months, Sept-May) and $300 for The Minors ($33.50/month for 9 months). Tuition includes two tickets to each performance, a CD recording of each concert, and Instrument Clinics several times a year given by local Professionals. Financial Assistance is available.