Each spring, students audition for acceptance into an ability-based BAY Winds ensemble, including the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds. Each ensemble serves intermediate and advanced students in middle and high school band.
Rehearsals take place at the USF School of Music located at 3755 USF Holly Drive.
Wind Ensemble Rehearsals: Mondays from 6:00-7:30 PM
Conductor: Dr. Matthew McCutchen
Location: Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (IRH)
Symphonic Winds Rehearsals: Mondays from 5:30-7:00 PM
Conductor: Mrs. Devin DeDon
Location: Choral Rehearsal Hall (CRH)
*First rehearsal begins on Monday, February 12th.
*No rehearsal on Monday, March 11th, 2024 - Spring Break.
BAY Winds culminates with a joint concert with the Florida Wind Band. The concert takes place on Sunday, May 19th, 2024 at 3:30 PM.
Bay Area Youth (BAY) Winds is an experience designed to supplement the quality instruction students receive from their school-enrolled music programs and private music instructors. Students receive high-quality musical experiences from talented and well decorated professional musicians and educators as well as the opportunity to study and perform outstanding and challenging literature with like-minded peers from the Tampa Bay Area.
The student must be clearly visible throughout the entire performance of the audition material. The highest quality of audio/video recording is encouraged as these auditions will determine ensemble assignment and chair placement. Once you have recorded your audition, please upload the video to YouTube (make sure it is marked for unlisted viewing). You may also use alternative cloud-based servers such as Drop Box, Google Drive, One Drive etc. While completing your audition application, you will copy and paste the link into your application under "Video Audition". It is imperative that the video is shared as a link rather than a large file.
Please announce each performance before playing as follows:
Early Registration Tuition: $225.00 (If received by January 26th.)
Regular Registration Tuition: $250.00 (If received after January 27th.)
Tuition is due by the first rehearsal on February 12, 2024.
BAY Winds is a non-profit organization. We rely on tuition revenue to operate and serve our student membership. Tuition is due and payable before the first rehearsal. This fee includes all instruction, materials, and costs related to concert venues, equipment, music, and operational expenses. Outstanding balances will prohibit students from future BAY Winds auditions and seasons until tuition balances have been paid in full.
Please Note: Tuition does not cover the cost of parking at the university.
Financial aid assistance is offered on an individual need basis. Financial aid applications are due by January 26th, 2024. You will be notified by February 2nd, 2024 of your application status.
Please complete and submit your audition video and registration before completing this form for financial aid.
Rehearsals take place at the USF School of Music.
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