The Florida Wind Band proudly supports furthering the music education opportunities for young music students. In addition to providing Tampa-area audiences the opportunity to hear outstanding music performed by some of the area's top professional and semi-professional musicians, the Florida Wind Band organization also includes two bands for the area's top middle and high school musicians.
Bay Area Youth (BAY) Winds is now in its eighth year of providing an outlet for outstanding high school students from Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Hernando counties to perform collegiate-level music with equally talented and motivated peers.
Membership in BAY Winds is by audition only. The band rehearses on Thursday evenings in the Spring in USF's beautiful School of Music. Notable guest conductors have included John Carmichael, Samuel Hazo, Michael Sweeney, and Quincy Hilliard. BAY Winds is conducted by Dr. Matthew McCutchen, USF's Director of Bands.
Beginning in the Fall of 2018 we are proud to announce the addition of Junior BAY Winds (JBAY) which is open by audition to middle school students in the surrounding counties. JBAY rehearses at USF on Monday evenings, and will meet throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. The JBAY conductor is Heather Lundahl, Band Director at Walker Middle School. Click the link below for more information on joining BAY Winds or JBAY!