Piedmont Wind Symphony to expand youth program

PWS logoWinston-Salem, NC (November 14, 2016) – The Piedmont Wind Symphony is proud to announce the expansion of its Wachovia Winds youth ensemble program to include the Wachovia Winds Youth Symphonic Band. This top-tier, highly competitive ensemble was developed to meet the need of ever-increasing interest in youth music ensembles.

Wachovia Winds youth ensembles will be offering a unique experience to serious music students where they will receive expert instruction and appealing performance opportunities. This development reflects the significant growth and change that has occurred in PWS since Maestro Matthew Troy became the Music Director. Troy is recognized across the country to have a significant background in music education and arts advocacy for young people.

The new top-tier Youth Symphonic Band will be an auditioned group that brings together the best wind, brass, and percussion students in the Triad and will be led by Artistic Director Danny Green, and 2016 Grammy Award Winning Music Educator Phillip Riggs, who was also a co-founder of the group. The intermediate group is going to be led by Patricia Hughes Ball, who is currently the band director at West Forsyth High School.

Of this expansion Troy said, “I am so excited to build on the incredible success of the Wachovia Winds and help reach more of the youth of our community with a meaningful and exciting musical experience. This speaks to the great work the Piedmont Wind Symphony and the Wachovia Winds have been undertaking to make a significant contribution to the city of arts and innovation.”

This year students will be able to easily submit audition videos online. Please go to for audition requirements or contact Danny Green at

 About Wachovia Winds
The Wachovia Winds was founded 13 years ago to provide young musicians from throughout our community with an opportunity to come together and learn through the experience of an ensemble where quality music could be made, and wholesome fellowship could be enjoyed. During this time the ensemble has touched nearly a thousand local music students, ranging from grades 7-12. The ensemble has provided these young musicians with many opportunities to not only perform with each other, but with many professional musicians in a variety of genres. The Wachovia Winds has commissioned new music for the ensemble and has performed in every major venue in Forsyth County. Many members of the Wachovia Winds are frequently seen on the rosters of honors music ensembles on the county, district, region, and state level. The Wachovia Winds has also provided conducting opportunities to several educators throughout our community.

About Piedmont Wind Symphony
For 27 years the Piedmont Wind Symphony (PWS) has provided excellence in the performance of symphonic music for the Piedmont of North Carolina and continues this tradition for the 27th season under the leadership of new Music Director, Maestro Matthew Troy. Maestro Troy is known for his innovative and engaging programming to make great music accessible to all audiences. Each season the PWS presents Classical concerts, Holiday Pops with world-renowned artists, and Special Event Gala concerts, as well as educational and community engagement outreach. The Piedmont Wind Symphony is proud to be a funded partner of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County. Season sponsors include Windsor Jewelers, Hard Pressed Co., Meghan Parsons Marketing & Design, Berkshire Hathaway, The Salem Center. For more information about the Piedmont Wind Symphony visit