Capital Region Wind Ensemble

Upcoming Concerts 



Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Tickets: General Admission $10, Students $8, SUNY Schenectady Students w/ID free

Join the Capital Region Wind Ensemble as we explore the music of some traditionally underrepresented voices of the wind band repertoire. This concert features Adolphus Hailstork’s jubilant Celebration!, Icelandic singer/songwriter/actress, Björk’s Overture, from the movie, “Dancer in the Dark,” and Julie Giroux’s festive Carnaval! Also included are works by Benjamin Britten, Samuel Barber, and Valerie Coleman.

James Houlik with his saxophone“Of the Highest Rank” featuring James Houlik, saxophone soloist

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Tickets: General Admission $10, Students $8, SUNY Schenectady Students w/ID free

This concert explores the intersection of Classical Music and Wind Ensemble literature as world famous tenor saxophonist, James Houlik joins CRWE to unveil the Classical Concerto, for tenor saxophone and wind ensemble by Eric Ewazen. The program starts with Norman Dello Joio’s Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn and concludes with Vincent Persichetti’s Symphony No. 6 for Band as twenty-five select high school students join CRWE for our annual side-by-side performance.


Philip Pandori with his trombone.“Colors” featuring Philip Pandori, trombone soloist

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Tickets: General Admission $10, Students $8, SUNY Schenectady Students w/ID free

CRWE spends a little time on the blue-green side of the color wheel with this kaleidoscopic program featuring SUNY Schenectady trombone instructor, Philip Pandori performing Bert Appermont’s Colors for Trombone and Wind Ensemble. We’ll also present Vaughan Williams Folk Song Suite, Samuel R. Hazo’s Blue & Green Music, and Frank Tichelli’s monumental Blue Shades.


The Capital Region Wind Ensemble is the wind ensemble in residence at SUNY Schenectady County Community College.
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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 the Dean of the School of Music at SUNY Schenectady County Community College. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003, as well as the SUNY Schenectady Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2017. He conducts the SUNY Schenectady Wind Ensemble and instructed in woodwind applied studies, chamber music, music theory and conducting before becoming Dean in 2018.

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.