About Bay Area Youth Winds

BAY Winds is designed to supplement the fine instruction students receive from their high school music programs and private music instructors by providing them with musical experiences performing outstanding repertoire with their peers from all over the greater Tampa Bay area.

Students are required to be involved in their school's band program or to provide a note from their school's program explaining why their participation is not possible. Home schooled and privately schooled students are allowed to participate as well. Our policy is that students' school music events take priority over BAY Winds rehearsals.

BAY Winds is intended as a supplemental ensemble rather than a replacement for participating in high school band programs. Once students have been accepted into an ensemble, we will check with directors to make sure that students in our band are in good standing at their home schools. We do recognize that situations exist in which, despite all efforts, scheduling issues prevent students from playing in their home band. In those situations students will be permitted to participate with BAY Winds as long as they provide a note from their band director stating that every reasonable effort had been made to address the scheduling issues.


  • Students must be in grades 9-12
  • All students must audition in person or submit a video to Dr. McCutchen as indicated on the audition page
  • Students must be in good standing with their high school band programs
  • Home-schooled students are eligible to audition
  • Students are expected to make every effort to attend all rehearsals and performances. School obligations (i.e. MPA performances, Spring Trips, etc.) are excused absences


An annual fee of $200.00 will be assessed at the first rehearsal for participation in BAY Winds. This fee includes all instruction, materials, and costs related to concert venues, equipment, and operational expenses. Note: This does not cover the cost of parking.

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Rehearsal Schedule

BAY Winds Schedule

Auditions – 4:00-8:00

January 8 

Rehearsals – 6:30-8:30 in Instrument Rehearsal Hall

January 23

February 6 

February 13

February 20 

February 27

March 5

March 12

March 26

April 2

April 9

April 16

April 23

April 30

May 7


May 1 – Symphonic Celebration

May 10 – Concert at 4:30 with JBAY


BAY Winds Annual Fee

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Upon acceptance into the ensemble, there is a $200.00 annual fee. Cash, check, money order, and credit card are all accepted. We can work with you if you need to be put on a payment plan.


BAY Winds was established in 2012 to provide an opportunity for the best high school wind and percussion students to discover and perform collegiate-level repertoire. The band has been fortunate to work with guest conductors Bryan Braue, John Carmichael, Samuel Hazo, Quincy Hilliard, Tiffany Hitz, Michael Miller, Eric Morales, and Michael Sweeney.

Past Repertoire


Havendance – David Holsinger 

Olympiada – Samuel John Hazo 

I’m Seventeen Come Sunday – Percy Grainger 

Kaddish – W. Francis McBeth

Wild Nights – Frank Ticheli

Athletic Festival March – Sergei Prokofiev


Esprit de Corps – Robert Jager

2nd Suite in F – Gustav Holst

Candide Suite – Leonard Bernstein

Dresden Symphony – Daniel Buckvich

Blessed Are They – Johann Brahms/arr. Barbara Buehlman

The Gallant 7th – John Phillip Sousa

American Salute – Morton Gould


Gavorkna Fanfare – Jack Stamp

Children’s March – Percy Grainger

Hymn to a Blue Hour – John Mackey

Mambo Furioso – Cecil Karrick

America the Beautiful – Carmen Dragon

El Camino Real – Alfred Reed


The Fire of Eternal Glory – Dmitri Shostakovich 

Dance of the Jesters – Peter Tchaikovsky

From Gold – Samuel John Hazo

Riften Wed – Julie Giroux

Handel in the Strand – Percy Grainger

Armenian Dances – Alfred Reed

Midway March – John Williams


Overture to Candide – Leonard Bernstein

Mambo – Leonard Bernstein

Immovable Do – Percy Grainger

Sacred Harp – Jay Bocook

Good Night, Dear Heart – Dan Forrest

Funiculi-Funicula Rhapsody – Yo Goto


American Overture for Band – Joseph Willcox Jenkins

Gumsuckers March – Percy Grainger

Expedition for Band – Michael Miller

Dakota Fanfare – Eric Morales

Contre Qui Rose – Morten Lauridsen

Riposo Dear Friend – Alberto Jose Gonzalez (In honor of Dylan Jerrels)

Cowboys – John Williams

Wedding Dance – Jaques Press


Smetana Fanfare – Karel Husa 

Steampunk Suite – Erika Kirsten Svanoe 

Ghost Dance – Quincy C. Hilliard

Irish Tune – Percy Grainger/arr. Kreines 

Strange Humors – John Mackey (Joe Tremper, soloist)

Blue Shades – Frank Ticheli 


Fanfare for an Angel – James Stephenson 

Spoon River – Percy Grainger

Heroes Lost and Fallen – David Gillingham

Watchman, Tell Us of the Night – Mark Camphouse

Southern Harmony – Donald Grantham 

The Irish Washerwoman – Leroy Anderson