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Capital Region Wind Ensemble


Music Director
& Principal Conductor
Brett Wery

& Director Emeritus
Joseph Miller

In Residence at SCCC.

Capital Region Wind Ensemble


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The Capital Region Wind Ensemble, in the capital region of Albany, New York, was founded in 1994, by Joseph M. Miller, with the intent of providing a vehicle for professional wind and percussion players to perform concert band and wind ensemble literature at a high level.
Entering our 22nd Season, the Wind Ensemble has performed at many venues including: The Troy Music Hall, Galway High School, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Shenendehowa High School, Bethlehem Middle School, Ballston Spa High School, Union College Memorial Chapel, Round Lake Auditorium, Shaker High School, Glens Falls High School, Colonie Central High School, Scotia - Glenville High School,Galway High School, Schenectady Community College, 1995 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) winter conference in Kiamesha Lake, NY, 1996 New York State Band Directors Conference in Syracuse, NY and the 2004 Sept.11th Remembrance Celebration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  We are now 'In Residence' at the Schenectady County Community College.

The Mission of the Wind Ensemble is to provide outstanding performances of classical and contemporary band literature,
and to serve as role models for young musicians.

The Capital Region Wind Ensemble

22nd Season, 2015-2016

Concert 1 “Songs of Defiance”
November 15, 2015

The Capital Region Wind Ensemble presents a concert of works celebrating our nation’s fight for independence. Works include selections from The Poor Soldier Suite, by CRWE conductor, Brett L. Wery and the iconic masterwork, New England Triptych, by William Schuman.

Concert 2 “Author, Author!” Lauren Winter, horn soloist,
March 13, 2016

Join CRWE for a literary inspired program featuring the Overture to Candide, by Leonard Bernsteinand Gandalf, The Wizard fromJohan De Meij’s Symphony No.1,  based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel,  The Lord of the Rings.  Springfield Symphony principle horn, Lauren Winter joins the group to perform James Beckel’s The Glass Bead Game based on the Hermann Hesse novel.

Concert 3 “Poems & Ballads”
June 5, 2016

The Capital Region Wind Ensemble presents an ambitious program of musical responses to poetry. The program begins with the thrilling Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka and ends with the ethereal, unearthly masterpiece, and the mountains rising nowhere by Joseph Schwantner. Other works include poetic retellings by William Walton, Percy Grainger and more.


CRWE Personal

While the group is comprised of musicians from all walks of life, the majority of the members are current or retired music educators, all of who have taught or are teaching in local school districts throughout the Capital Region. Occasionally, gifted high school musicians will be asked to round out instrumentation. Members of the wind ensemble are currently performing professionally with other area organizations, including the Albany, Schenectady, and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestras, orchestras at SPAC, Proctor’s and other local theaters, and with groups from the area pop and jazz scene including the Empire Jazz Orchestra.

Music Director & PrincipalConductor, Brett L. Wery

 Music Director and Principal Conductor Brett Wery is entering his Fifth season as principal conductor of the group, Mr. Wery is an active composer and arranger as well as a professor at Schenectady County Community College  where he has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SCCC Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. He conducts the SCCC Wind Ensemble and instructs in woodwind applied studies, chamber music, music theory, and conducting. Mr. Wery is also the conductor of the University at Albany Symphony Orchestra. He performs and records regularly as a saxophonist and clarinetist with the Empire Jazz Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, and the Dogs of Desire.

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