ABOUT US

 
The Band is comprised of 48 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians from across the
Hampton Roads, Virginia area representing various military, professional, and college bands and
orchestras. Selected high school students also perform with the band as part of our Student Intern
Program. The selected students perform with the band, with professional musicians acting as
mentors to evaluate their performance throughout the season. Scholarship funds are available to
selected students who pursue a music degree in college.
 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

 
 The mission of Tidewater Winds is to foster and maintain an organization dedicated to the making of music
in the Sousa tradition.  Furthermore, it is our charge to maintain the highest aspirations of musical art, creating performances and providing educational training programs for students at the highest level of excellence. Founded in 1985 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, the Winds present an average of 18 annual concert programs throughout the Hampton Roads community.  Education is integral to our mission, and comprises two main components: the training of young musicians with professional guidance, and intern opportunities to provide students a background in arts management.  Tidewater Winds presents programs to perpetuate the experience of superb musical performances to entertain and cultivate the broadest of audiences, to include all demographics inclusive of the elderly, the disabled, and lower income families, within and beyond our region.
 
 

Our Goals

 
 
• To serve the community with live performances promoting the appreciation of musical artistry with a unique blend of concert band instrumentation.
 
• To enrich, inspire, and create uplifting joy and patriotism in the lives of our audiences with fresh interpretations of a variety of musical compositions.
 
• To bring quality entertainment to the community while maintaining integrity to sustain a working community of local artists
 
• To provide opportunities to educate and mold young musicians which provide and contribute to future artistic excellence.