Capital Region Wind Ensemble

Upcoming Concert 

The Capital Region Wind Ensemble is the wind ensemble in residence at Schenectady County Community College.
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General Admission, $10; non-SCCC students, $8; SCCC students, free with ID

Sunday, March 25, 2018

3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium 
Michael Burritt, percussion soloist

CRWE explores some surprising jazz influences with this eclectic program including Bernstein’s Profanation and Shostakovich’s famous Waltz No. 1 from the Jazz Suites. Renowned percussion soloist and Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music, Michael Burritt, will be on hand to perform Jeff Tyzik’s concerto for drum set, Riffs. The concert concludes with Robert Russell Bennett’s Suite of Old American Dances as twenty-five select high school students join CRWE for our annual side-by-side performance.

Portrait of Michael Burritt, percussion soloist.Having performed on four continents and in nearly forty states, Michael Burritt is one of the world’s leading percussion soloists. He is in frequent demand, performing concert tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. Mr. Burritt has been soloist with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Ju Percussion Group (Taiwan), Percussion Art Quartet (Germany), Amores Percussion Group (Spain), Peaux (Sweden) and the Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble of Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Burritt has three solo recordings – Perpetual, Shadow Chasers and Waking Dreams on the Resonator Records label. All the recordings are comprised of Burritt’s original compositions as well as works written expressly for him. He has been a featured artist at seven Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. In 1992 he presented his New York solo debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and in 1998 performed his London debut in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Mr. Burritt is also active as a composer, with two concertos to his credit, numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion as well as two books of etudes. Michael Burritt is currently Professor of Percussion and head of the department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.



Sunday, May 20, 2018
“Release the Hounds”

3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Jacqueline Wright, flute soloist
Dean Bennett, narrator

CRWE goes to the dogs with this program inspired by our canine companions. CRWE’s principal flutist, Jacqueline Wright, will move into the spotlight for a performance of Joel Pluckett’s Into the Clouds from The Shadow of Sirius. The program also includes Dance Suite for Wind Ensemble by CRWE Music Director, Brett L. Wery. SCCC professor, Dean Bennett, will join the group to narrate Scott Watson’s Aesop’s Fables. The concert concludes with Alfred Reed’s The Hounds of Spring.

Portrait of Jacqueline Wright, flute soloistJacqueline Wright holds Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan and in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Florida, as well as Bachelors of Music degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to maintaining her large private teaching studio, Jacqueline is the principal flutist of the Capital Region Wind Ensemble and has performed with a number of area ensembles, including Park Playhouse's pit orchestra, Glens Falls Symphony, Albany Pro Musica, Battonkill Chorale, and Jubilate Singers of Delmar, NY. She is a frequent coach for ensembles of the Empire State Youth Orchestras and also teaches flute and intermediate strings for CHIME, their “El Sistema” style program, which provides an intensive, free music education program to at risk students in Schenectady.

CRWE History and Mission

The Capital Region Wind Ensemble (CRWE) was founded in 1994 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. The CRWE is dedicated to serving the community by providing outstanding performances of classical and contemporary band literature and by serving as role models for young student musicians.

Once a year, the CRWE invites selected high school students to perform with the ensemble and participate in master classes with guest soloists.

Many CRWE members teach or have taught in school districts throughout the Capital Region. Members also perform professionally with regional ensembles including the Albany, Schenectady, and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestras. CRWE members are often heard at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Proctor’s Theatre and other local theaters; and with groups from the area pop and jazz scene, including the Empire Jazz Orchestra.

Brett WeryBrett Wery is the Principal Conductor of the CRWE. He assumed the duties in 2003 when founder, Joseph Miller stepped down from the position. Mr. Wery is a professor at Schenectady County Community College. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the SCCC Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He conducts the SCCC Wind Ensemble and instructs in woodwind applied studies, chamber music, music theory and conducting.

He performs and records with the Empire Jazz Orchestra, and the Dogs of Desire. He is an active composer and arranger and a member of ASCAP and SCI. Mr. Wery received his M.A. from the University of Denver and his Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts.