The 2019 Free Summer Concert Schedule
Concert Dates and Venues Confirmed Soon!
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Celebrate July 4th with the Winds!
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Join us on the beach for fireworks and great concert music to celebrate the birth of our country! 
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The 2019 Free Summer Concert Season 2

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Summer Projects 2019!

July 4
Red White & Boom
24th Street Stage, Virginia Beach
7:30 PM

July 7-12
"1619" A Virginia Legends Live Project" 
with Virginia Chorale and Tidewater Winds

Tidewater Winds 2019 Concert Season

July 14 - 17
"I'm Overture It"
Tidewater Winds full Concert Band

July 21 - 24
"Out of this World"
Tidewater Winds full Concert Band

July 28 - July 31
"Bond and Beyond"
Tidewater Winds full Concert Band

December 9th Holiday Concert
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 PM

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2019 Guest Artists

  1. Thea Grice
    Thea Grice
  2. Gary Spell
    Gary Spell
  3. Melody Waters
    Melody Waters
  4. Adrian Duke
    Adrian Duke


Gary Spell is a native of Virginia Beach, where he graduated from Princess Anne High School. Following high school Gary began working professionally in theater as a Musical Director and Director. After several years, Gary and a partner opened Dominion Theater at the Founders Inn, a professional stock theater in Virginia Beach where he served as its Producing Artistic Director for 9 years until the theater closed in 2000. Following the closing of the theatre, Gary went into full-time ministry at Glad Tidings Church, where he served a total of 12 years, eventually becoming Executive Pastor. Today he serves as the Worship Pastor for London Bridge Baptist Church and Founding Director of The Regent University Singers. An accomplished playwright, composer and arranger, Gary has multiple published musical works. Gary is married, has a 16-year-old daughter, Grace, a 3-year-old daughter, Judah, and an 18-month-old son, Josiah, and lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Jennifer.
Gary Spell is the composer and arranger of Ella! and is a native of Virginia Beach, where he graduated from Princess Anne High School.  Following high school Gary began working professionally in theater as a Musical Director and Director.  After several years, Gary and a partner opened Dominion Theater at the Founders Inn, a professional stock theater in Virginia Beach where he served as its Producing Artistic Director for 9 years until the theater closed in 2000.  Following the closing of the theatre, Gary went into full-time ministry at Glad Tidings Church, where he served a total of 12 years, eventually becoming Executive Pastor.  Today he serves as the Worship Pastor for London Bridge Baptist Church and Founding Director of The Regent University Singers. An accomplished playwright, composer and arranger, Gary has multiple published musical works.  
  1. Tidewater Winds Musicians
    Tidewater Winds Musicians
  2. Chase Payne
    Chase Payne
  3. BJ Griffin
    BJ Griffin
  4. Maestro Brewington
    Maestro Brewington
Rising Country Artist Chase Payne from Virginia Beach began performing at a very young age. One of his most defining moments in his career came when he was informed that a radio station in Australia picked up “Taillights,” his first single. Ironically, the country music star that he admires the most —Keith Urban— is from Australi “Urban let me play a song with him a few years back,” he tells us. “He’s just such an easy guy to get along with.  Although he's famous, he is very down to earth.” Chase's ability to keep you completely captivated has made him a fan favorite. The singer admits his love affair is with music and his connection is evident by the fire in his eyes when he sings to his fans. Payne demonstrates complete dedication to his craft and chases his dream with a hunger.
     “My music has completely taken over,” he reveals. “I live music.”
    
BJ Griffin, born in Detroit Michigan just a few houses down from Hitsville U.S.A (the home of Motown), is a singing cellist with a ton of music to give to the world. BJ grew up in Virginia Beach, VA where he was a member of the Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra and other community programs. While in these groups, he performed in various places nationally as well as internationally including China and Greece. He went on to study at James Madison University as a music education, cello performance, and music industry major. BJ moved to New York City gigging as a free-lance cellist. BJ also became a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.
Since then, BJ has pioneered different ways to express the art of singing and playing the cello at the same time. He spends his time performing as a solo artist and assembling diverse ensembles to carry out his vision of mixing classical, jazz, and pop music in hopes of breaking the barriers between the genres. BJ formed a band in 2013 called BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove and is the owner and founder of the music school Galaxy Music in Virginia Beach, VA.
Tidewater Winds is one of the country's few professional, non-profit concert bands performing repertoire ranging from Sousa Marches to Big Band Programming. When you experience these concerts you are entertained with the highest quality of musical celebration available. Our professional musicians, staff and volunteers are prepared to ensure you are fully engaged and comfortable. With free concerts every summer we welcome your involvement and participation as volunteers, supporters, donors and audience members. Join us for our upcoming concerts, special events and fundraisers. We hope you will support this treasured art form and help us maintain the joy of free summer concerts for all to enjoy.
John Brewington is the Fine Arts Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools and is in his 13th season as the Music Director and Conductor for the Tidewater Winds.. Mr. Brewington is president of the Virginia Association of Music Education Administrators and is an active adjudicator, clinician, performer, and conductor. He has performed for over 26 years with the
Virginia Symphony and has dozens of compact disc recordings to his credit. The list of stars he has played with include such luminaries, as Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme, Doc
Severinsen, Victor Borge, Mitzi Gaynor, Roger Williams, Rich Little, Marvin Hamlish, Carol Channing, Bruce Hornsby, Rosemary Clooney, Peter Nero, Glen Campbell, The
Smothers Brothers, and The Moody Blues. Mr. Brewington received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Virginia
Commonwealth University, a Master of Music Performance degree from East Carolina University, and his Educational Specialist Degree from The George Washington University.
    

2019 Program Guide

Week 3
July 29-Aug. 1
Performing for Virginia Legends​
July 8-12
Week 1
​July 15-18
Week 2
​July 22-25
  1. Ella!
  2. I'm Overture It!
  3. Out of this World!
  4. Bond and Beyond!
I'm Overture It!
Virginia Legends! 
Out of This World!
Bond and Beyond!

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  1. Rehearsals Rehearsals!
    Rehearsals Rehearsals!
    It takes a lot of work to do what we do! We value our time together to provide our audience with the highest quality of this American Heritage music!
  2. Images from Ella! 2018
    Images from Ella! 2018
    Norma Bass performed Ella! with the Tidewater Winds!
  3. A Centennial in the Making!
    A Centennial in the Making!
    Week 2 allowed us a large attendance at Regent University Chapel! What a concert!
  4. We returned to Willet Hall!
    We returned to Willet Hall!
    What a wonderful venue to be back in Willet Hall! Thanks to the Willet Hall staff, Portsmouth Museums and Fine Arts, and our many Portsmouth funders!