Tidewater Winds Concert Band is comprised of 65 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians from across the Hampton Roads Virginia region representing various military branches, careers, academia, college bands and orchestras. Tidewater Winds is one of a handful of Concert Bands like it in the country, preserving the unique heritage of American Concert Bands in the Sousa tradition.
The Mission of Tidewater Winds is to provide quality concert band programming in the Hampton Roads region. Through community partnerships and local initiatives, Tidewater Winds works to provide musical performances, special projects, and educational programming at the highest level of excellence. It is our charge to musically serve the Hampton Roads region while offering equity and inclusion to all audiences. We aim to encourage education, socialization and unity through our musical programs.
Michael Kerry Williams
Maestro John Brewington
John Philip Sousa IV
R. Scott Morgan
Senior Crew: Greg Neal, Ian Wallace
Support Crew: Bruce Jessen, Brennan Williams, Rylan Williams
Sound Engineers: SJI Media, Dylan Reyas, Anthony Parsons, Luke Pearson, Kristian Quilon
Student Musician Internships
Student Arts Management Internships
"The RIME Project"
Tidewater Winds strongly believes that accessibility to high-quality professional music is an important aspect to a fulfilling life. We fundraise hard to make our summer concerts free for families, students, and all who wish to experience the power of a full 55-piece concert band. We enhance the quality of life in Hampton Roads!
Your support is appreciated!
The Little Big Band
The late C. Sidney Berg founded The Tidewater Winds Professional Concert Band
in 1985 to provide an opportunity for residents of the Hampton Roads area to
enjoy free professional band concerts in the “Sousa Band” tradition. Funding
comes from various local and state grants, as well as contributions from
businesses and individuals. The inaugural concert of this band took place on
July 7, 1985 at Norfolk’s Town Point Park. Maestro Berg conducts the Winds until his passing in 2000.
The Winds are Incorporated by the State Corporation Commission
on October 13, 1992, the band is a 501 c3 non-profit organization as recognized by
the Internal Revenue Service.
Tidewater Winds begins incorporating an educational component to the Winds. High School and College students began to audition as music and performing interns, performing alongside the professional ensemble. Maestro Ascersion becomes the 2nd Conductor for the Winds in 2000 and continues until his passing in 2006.
Tidewater Winds becomes a Resident Ensemble of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach!
New initiatives are introduced making the Winds more accessible and available to the public. Small ensembles are formed allowing quintets and quartets to perform as approved Tidewater Winds ensembles on smaller stages and with more repetoire variety. The education program grows into In-School StudentConcerts, Middle and High School Band Clinics, Master Classes and the RIME project takes form as a student literacy music program to enhance literacy skills and music appreciation.
A partnership develops with Norfolk Collegiate Schools Music Department. Tidewater Winds musicians provide MAster Classes and support the pit musicians for their annual Broadway Musical student projects. In exchange for support, Norfolk Collegiate School trades the use of the theatre for summer cocnerts.
The RiME Project debuts providing a family sneak-peak to the performance of Pinocchio with Rainbow Puppets. Production partner IMGoing debuts the concert on 24th Street Stage in Virginia Beach. Educational material is prepared for a full release in 2023.
A partnership is struck between Tidewater Winds and the Academy of Music to support Band Together, a side-by-side instructional performance program for music students with disabilities. Tidewater Winds musicians support training and instruction in this unique parternship.
From our humble beginnings to now, we continue to stick to our mission of providing quality free summer concerts to communities across Hampton Roads. We've added so many projects to our work but we will never lose the connection to our audiences, our joy of music and concert offerings to the public. Maestro Brewington leads the Winds in 2006 and contnues to develop crreative and powerful concerts while developing innovative connections to our audiences and community.
The concert band is an ensemble that goes by many names: wind ensemble, wind symphony, wind band, wind orchestra, symphonic band — or just plain "band." It's a collection of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments that is best known to the general public for patriotic marches, but it also is an ensemble that more and more composers are turning to for their next big work.
So what exactly is a concert band? Here are some answers for those new to the genre as we launch the Concert Band stream.
Q: What is the difference between an orchestra and a concert band?
A: The most obvious difference between the ensembles is the instruments that call the ensemble home. Violins, violas, cellos and basses make up the majority of an orchestra, while a concert band is made up of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Basically, the concert band does not contain stringed instruments, except the occasional string bass or harp. When you think of concert band music, you might think of marches, like John Philip Sousa's classic The Stars and Stripes Forever, or other patriotic tunes. This is the music that kickstarted the American band tradition.
Q: How did concert bands start?
A: Concert bands represent the coming together of two types of smaller ensembles: the brass bands that accompanied military regiments and the wind section of an orchestra.
On the lighter side, some composers such as Mozart and Haydn realized that the wind section of the orchestra had a unique sound and virtuosic ability. They occasionally wrote just for that section of the orchestra to give string players a break.
As military bands became more ceremonial than practical, they were able to expand to include woodwinds and play sit-down concerts for public audiences. This inspired a shift in repertoire. Now, along with marches, bands play arrangements from orchestral classics to modern pop.