Tidewater Winds is a professional, non-profit Concert Band whose mission it is to foster and maintain an organization dedicated to the making of music in the Sousa tradition. Furthermore, it is our charge to maintain the highest aspirations of musical art, creating performances and providing educational training programs for students at the highest level of excellence. Founded in 1985 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, the Winds present an average of 18 annual concert programs throughout the Hampton Roads community. Education is integral to our mission, and comprises two main components: the training of young musicians with professional guidance, and intern opportunities to provide students a background in arts management. Tidewater Winds presents programs to perpetuate the experience of superb musical performances to entertain and cultivate the broadest of audiences, to include all demographics inclusive of the elderly, the disabled, and lower income families, within and beyond our region.