In 2008, Dallas ISD approached Dallas Winds to establish a high-quality summer band experience for public school students. Today, considered the largest urban summer band camp of its kind, Dallas Winds Band Camp engages Dallas ISD band students with top quality group instruction from professional Dallas Winds musicians and top area conductors. After a week of instruction at the renowned Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, students perform for family and friends in the magnificent Meyerson Symphony Center, a magical moment in the life of any young musician.

This camp changes lives!

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Every summer, Dallas Winds serves approximately 600 middle and high school students from Dallas ISD to improve their playing techniques, hone their musical skills, and take their music to the next level. While middle school students work on mastery of the basics, high school students learn from college-level instructors to broaden their musical horizons and discover just how far their music can take them.

A partnership between the Dallas Winds and Dallas ISD, the Dallas Winds Band Camp is made possible through generous contributions from the NAMM Foundation, the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation, David Nathan Meyerson Foundation, A.L. Chilton Foundation, House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, and the Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation. Additional support is provide by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For information about the Dallas Winds Band Camp contact Gigi Norwood at 214-565-9563 or gsn@dws.org

Each day, we see the students’ faces light up as they get excited about learning, improving, and playing well.
— Dr. Douglas Stotter, Director of Bands and Wind Percussion, University of Texas-Arlington.