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63rd Annual Birch Bay Band Workshop

Sunset at Birch Bay

Join us this year for the 63rd annual Birch Bay Band Workshop! COVID-19 may have slowed us all down, but we’re not ready to quit and we hope you’re not either. Mark your calendars for and at Vista Middle School in Ferndale WA and spread the word, because even a global pandemic can’t stop the music!

This years BBB Workshop will be jam packed full of the same great music, fellowship, fun and sunsets we all love, and we can’t wait to see you all again. Limiting the Birch Bay Band Workshop to just two days was not a decision that came lightly, but we’re still committed to making sure this stays the Pacific Northwest’s premier music reading workshop. And don’t worry, there will still be golf and salmon!

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This Year's Clinicians

We are excited to welcome back Dr. Christopher Bianco and Jeff Change as the lead conductors for the concert and jazz sessions.

Dr. Christopher Bianco

Dr. Christopher Bianco

Christopher Bianco is Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at Western Washington University, bringing a diverse background to the podium and in the classroom. Dr. Bianco is a past president of the Northwest Region of CBDNA, has recently completed a term as the higher education curriculum officer for the executive board of WMEA, and also serves on the board of directors as region chair for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang is an active music educator, clinician, and jazz saxophonist in the greater Puget Sound area. He has performed with Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and many other ensembles in North America, Europe and Taiwan. Chang has been an instrumental/band director and faculty member at schools throughout Washington State.

Northwest Band Workshop

The Birch Bay Band Workshop is an in-person reading session with a very rich history, but because of the COVID-19 Pandemic we had to improvise last year. The end result was the introduction of the Northwest Band Workshop, an online group listening session.

We are very excited to announce the return of the NWBW happening . We are also pleased to welcome back John M. Wetherington and Dr. Kaitlin Bove as our hosts. Click the button below to learn more and sign up for this additional tool you can use to help program the upcoming school year.

Northwest Band Workshop

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