The 2020 Free Summer Concert Schedule
Concert Dates and Venues are almost ready! 
Join us for our 35th Season, July 2020!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Summer Pre-Concerts 2020!

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

Tidewater Winds 2020 Concert Season

July 5-11
"The Little Big Band"
Tidewater Winds Little Big Band

July 12-18
"Fiesta de la Vida"
Tidewater Winds full Concert Band

July 19-25
"Find Your Dream"
Tidewater Winds full Concert Band

July 26-31
"Battles on the Homefront….and Beyond"
Tidewater Winds full Concert Band

Proposed 2020 Calendar Draft

2020 Artists

  1. Tidewater Winds Musicians
    Tidewater Winds Musicians
  2. Maestro Brewington
    Maestro Brewington
  1. Gary Spell
    Gary Spell
  1. Chris Palestrant
    Chris Palestrant
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.
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.

An accomplished composer, Christopher Palestrant's works and arrangements have been performed from New York City to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C and throughout the United States by ensembles including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and the Albemarle Symphony Orchestra. He is the recipient of the Third Biennial Michael Hennagin Prize, a prizewinner in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers’ Competition and the Randolph S. Rothschild prize in composition. His music and writings have been selected for presentation for the College Music Society national conferences, the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Intercollegiate Music Association. Chris’ compositions include the orchestral works The Wind in His Mane, Caligula and Festival Hebridean. He earned degrees from The College of Wooster, Ohio (B.A.); New York University (M.A.) and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M. and D.M.A.). Chris is currently Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Elizabeth City State University of the University of North Carolina.

2020 Program Guide

Little Big Band
Week 1

"Jazz It Up"

July 5-11
Full Concert Band
Week 2

Fiesta de la Vida
(A Celebration of Life)

July 12-18

Full Concert Band
Week 3

Find Your Dream
​(Rodgers and Hammerstein)

July 19-25

Full Concert Band
Week 4

​Battles on the Homefront (and Beyond)

July  26-31

  1. Ella!
  2. I'm Overture It!
  3. Out of this World!
  4. Bond and Beyond!
The Little Big Jazz Band!
Fiesta de la Vida (A Celebration of Life)
Find Your Dream
(Rodgers and Hammerstein)
Battles on the Homefront….and Beyond

The Tidewater Winds Little Big Jazz Band will offer a vibrant collection of modern jazz, music of Earth, Wind and Fire, and well-loved jazz standards. Come and enjoy the music of Ellington, Davis, Jobim, Tower of Power, Chorea, Gillespie and more!

Fiesta de la Vida celebrates life through the music of Latin-American. The music emanates from the pageantry and celebrations of the street bands, bullfights, bright costumes, blazing dances and pulsating rhythms. Celebración de la vida!

From the golden age of musical theatre, the Tidewater Winds presents the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. With two Pulitzer prizes, thirty four Tony’s and fifteen Academy Awards, we will feature the music of Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Come and the music of the most successful musical theatre writing partnership of the 20th century. 

From the pen of Dr. Christopher Palestrant comes his world premiere, The Battle of Great Bridge.  In cooperation with the Chesapeake Battle of Great Bridge Museum, we will look and listen into a battle that helped change the course of history.   From the Homefront to over there! American’s celebrated for two days after the end of WWII and the world continues to celebrate this victory. Come and hear some of the great musical memories from WWII.