Summer Side-by-Side

Concert Band Experience for High School Students

Summer Side-by-Side Program

May 14, 2018 –July 18, 2018


East Winds Symphonic Band, an award winning community band based in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, announces the Sixth Annual Summer Side-by-Side program for band students in grades 9-12.  This is an opportunity for talented and successful band students to rehearse and perform “side by side” with the members of the East Winds Symphonic Band. The program begins with rehearsal on Monday, May 14 and ends Sunday, July 15.

Students will have the opportunity to perform in several summer concerts including performances  at Kennywood Park on Saturday, June 30th   (6:00-7:00pm) and at the Monroeville Arts Council Series at Gateway Middle School, July 15th  (4:00-6:00pm).  The Monroeville Concert will be followed with a family picnic.

Four free all-day passes to the park will be given to each student for the Kennywood Park Concert.

The completed application must be submitted by April 30, 2018 for consideration. Please include a recommendation from your private instructor or your current band director.  Notification of acceptance to the program will be sent via email.  Note that only a limited number of students will be admitted to the program each year.

Participation cost will be $15, plus $20 for a band shirt that will be worn for summer performances. The band shirt along with khaki pants or khaki skirt is the summer concert uniform.  The participation fee can be paid at the first rehearsal on Monday, May 14th.

If accepted to the program, the expectations include:

  • Preparing the music.
  • Regular attendance at Monday night rehearsals that are held at Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills (299 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15221).  Rehearsal time: 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
  • No more than two missed rehearsals.
  • If there is a need to miss a rehearsal or concert, notification must be given in advance to the section leader via email or telephone.
  • Inappropriate behavior or inadequate music preparation will result in dismissal from the program.

For questions on the program, please contact Susan Sands at:

To apply for the program, please download the application, which contains submission instructions.