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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 20th 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

21st Season, 2014-2015

Sunday, November 2, 2104
“Thinning of the Veil”
Brian Patneaude, tenor sax soloist

3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium,
Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for non SCCC students, and SCCC Students are free with ID

Join CRWE for a concert of Halloween inspired pieces including Richard Strauss’ Allerseelen (All Souls Day) a medley of themes from film composer, Danny Elfman and Eric Whitacre’s spooky masterpiece, Ghost Train Triptych featuring award-winning jazz saxophonist, Brian Patneaude.

Sunday, March 22, 2015
“Towering Tunes”
David Nyberg, timpani soloist

3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium,
Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for non SCCC students, and SCCC Students are free with ID
CRWE welcomes timpanist David Nyberg to perform Michael Daugherty’s towering concerto, Raise the Roof. This program also includes Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral and Debussy’s The Sunken Cathedral. William Schuman’s George Washington Bridge rounds off the program as thirty talented high school performers join CRWE for our annual side-by-side concert.

Sunday, May 31, 2015
“By any other name . . .”

3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium,
Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for non SCCC students, and SCCC Students are free with ID

CRWE celebrates spring with a bouquet of garden inspired works featuring Percy Grainger’s masterpiece, A Lincolnshire Posy. Other works include David Maslanka’s Mother Earth and Ray Cramer’s Fantasy on Sakura Sakura. CRWE principle bassoonist, Edward Marschilok will step into the spotlight to perform Weber’s Andante & Hungarian Rondo.


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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