BAY Winds

Would you like to be a member of BAY Winds?

High school students from Tampa and all nearby counties are invited to audition for BAY Winds. We are seeking talented wind and percussion students who enjoy performing great literature and being surrounded by individuals who share a passion for music.

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm throughout the fall semester in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall at the School of Music at the University of South Florida. For a complete rehearsal schedule, click here.

Upon acceptance into the ensemble, there is a $200.00/semester membership 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.

If you are interested in auditioning for BAY Winds, auditions will be held on January 8 from 4:00-8:00pm. Please click here to sign up for a time. For audition music information, click here.

If you are unable to audition in person on the 8th, please send a video audition via email to Include your name, email, phone, school, and grade in the email body. The video must be shot in one take (not edited). Please announce your name and school prior to playing your audition. Students who choose this option should select any 4 major scales + the chromatic to perform on the video. Percussionists should play 4 major scales and 4 rudiments.


Auditions for BAY Winds will be held on January 8, 2020. To sign up for an audition, click here.

BAY Winds Audition Music


This year we will not provide audition excerpts, but instead will ask students to perform literature that best demonstrates their abilities.

  1. Students may pick excerpts from one or multiple sources that allows for the demonstration of technical and lyrical playing.
  2. The total amount of music should not exceed 3 minutes.
  3. All-state or FOW excerpts will be fine.
  4. Students should be prepared to play any major scale and a chromatic scale the full range of their instrument. 
  5. Percussionists should prepare a keyboard excerpt and an excerpt on either snare or timpani. They should also be prepared to play scales and rudiments.

BAY WINDS Audition Sign Ups