Our Mission

To foster a creative and musical environment for the next generation of musicians in the Central Valley of California and allow them the opportunity to network with their peers and young musicians across the state. We hope to encourage a growing appreciation of both classical and new music by offering access to live performances in small towns historically underserved by the arts.


The Central California Youth Wind Ensemble (CCYWE) was founded in June 2015 by musicians in the Stanislaus county of the Central Valley of California. The ensemble is made up of college undergraduate students and recent graduates with ties to the Central Valley, as well as dedicated high school musicians from all over central California. The CCYWE strives to present young musicians an opportunity to perform with other young musicians of the highest caliber and music of the highest level in a consistent environment. The organization also presents audiences with serious and critical literature written exclusively for the wind ensemble medium.

The CCYWE has had representation from the following institutions:

Atwater High School - Atwater, CA
Beyer High School - Modesto, CA
Calidornia State University: Fresno – Fresno, CA
California State University: Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
California State University: San Diego - San Diego, CA
California State University: Stanislaus - Turlock, CA
Delhi High School - Delhi, CA
Hughson High School – Hughson, CA
Modesto Jr. College – Modesto, CA
Merced Community College – Merced, CA
Merced High School – Merced, CA
Oakdale High School - Oakdale, CA
Pacheco High School - Los Banos, CA
Pitman High School - Turlock, CA
San Joaquin Delta College – Stockton, CA
Turlock High School - Turlock, CA
University of California: Davis – Davis, CA
University of California: Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA
University of California: Merced – Merced, CA
University of Denver - Denver, CO
University of Miami - Coral Gables, FL
University of the Pacific - Stockton, CA
University of Texas: Austin - Austin, TX

Our concerts are held at CSU Stanislaus's Bernell and Flora Snider Recital Hall: