Education & School Programs
Westwind Brass is internationally recognized for their critically acclaimed residencies, educational performances and concerts. The ensemble has performed for the Music Educators National Conference, California Music Educators Conference the first Chamber Music Educator/Ensemble Seminar at Oberlin, and has spent many weeks in residency from Japan, Mexico through all regions in the United States.
Many of Westwind Brass unique musical arrangements and compositions are available from BrassQuake Press. If you need the music now, visit our FreeHandMusic listing and purchase and digitally download your parts immediately.
For school booking information please call (619) 665-9125 or use our booking inquiry form.
K-6th Grade Programs
All About the Brass (K-6)
Introduction to the brass instruments
This show features a wide variety of musical styles including Modern, Ragtime, Classical, Romantic, and Dixieland, and touches upon the basic concepts of brass playing. This assembly also has a brief question and answer period at the end. Students will listen, respond, and directly participate in this introductory program which is ideal for schools with or without an active school music program.
American Heritage through Music (K-6)
This program highlights many types of American music and composers from the 1600s to the present. The history and uniquely American sounds of Shaker Hymns, Civil War Marches, Spirituals, Ragtime, Dixieland, Folklorico, Jazz, and Rock are presented in a well – rounded and fascinating format. Students will leave this assembly with increased awareness and appreciation of the multi-faceted fabric of American music.
Around the World thru Brass (K-6)
This program is a multi-cultural musical journey through selected cultures. These selections include: Music of Africa, Music of Americas, Northern Native Americans, Central and South America; Music of Asia, China, and Music of Europe. The purpose of this program is to expose students to the distinct sounds of the world of music and how these musical characteristics have been incorporated into modern forms. Students will directly participate in various world rhythms, melodies, and styles.
Middle School, High School and College Music Programs
A clinic with Westwind Brass (WWB) features an emphasis on musicality and its effect on the individual and the ensemble. Topics are revealed through live performance and cogent discussion. All aspects of a clinic are custom made for the needs of the individual school being served.
WWB rehearses and performs with the participants with the goal of a joint performance on the ensuing concert program.
Summer Brass Workshop
Westwind Brass is pleased to provide its Summer Brass Workshop at San Diego State University School of Music and Dance. This is open to all high school, college, and adult brass players in San Diego County. Activities include: sectional coachings, ensemble playing, and group performances. Ensembles will range from large brass ensembles, brass quintets, brass trios, trumpet, horn, trombone, and low brass ensembles. Please visit our International Summer Brass Workshop page for details.
WWB performs a full program of music featuring their renowned diversity and wit.
A highlight of the program is a performance with participating students of a specially rehearsed work for massed brass.
International Summer Brass Workshop
Westwind Brass is pleased to provide its Summer Brass Workshop! This is open to all high school, college, and adult brass players in San Diego County. Activities include: sectional coaching, ensemble playing, and group performances. Ensembles will range from large brass ensembles, brass quintets, brass trios, trumpet, horn, trombone, and low brass ensembles.
Please visit our International Summer Brass Workshop page for details.
Private Lessons Available
Please call 619-665-9125 for more information.
Testimonials About our Education Programs
What People Are Saying About Westwind Brass:
"We loved the Westwind Brass - what a great group of musicians and people you are. From the young school children to the seniors, physically and mentally challenged adults and youth, to college students…you gave an engaging performance."
"Westwind Brass is a very special group. Their playing is superb and further, their ability to communicate the joy they take in playing is remarkable."
"A high caliber, thoughtful and highly skilled musical ensemble."
Westwind Brass is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Contributions to Westwind Brass are tax-deductible under applicable federal law. Westwind Brass is registered with the Office of the Attorney General's Registar of Charitable Trusts, State of California. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from Guidestar.org.