The Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE) is comprised of seventy-five of the most outstanding high school wind and percussion players from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area. Under the direction of Mr. David W. Vandewalker, Coordinator of Performing Arts in the Fulton County School district and former Assistant Director of Bands at Georgia State University, repertoire is chosen from the most significant literature written for symphonic band and wind ensemble. MAYWE students collaborate frequently with faculty artists from Georgia State University as well as members of professional orchestras in Atlanta. Students are given much personal attention through sectional rehearsals and coachings by Georgia State University faculty and graduate students.
Dr. Robert Ambrose, Director of Wind Studies and Ensembles and Associate Director of the School of Music at Georgia State University, formed MAYWE in 2003 to provide an outstanding wind band performance opportunity for talented young musicians in the greater Atlanta area.
As resident ensembles of the Georgia State University School of Music, MAYWE rehearses on Monday evenings in the beautiful Aderhold Learning Center and Rialto Center for the Arts buildings on the Georgia State campus. MAYWE draws many of the most talented musicians from over fifty schools and a dozen Georgia counties. The ensemble intends to serve as a supplement to the student’s school band program and requires that musicians be members of their own school band if one exists.
In 2004, the MAYWE Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall. Their May 2005 performance in the famed hall was nearly sold out and received a standing ovation. They performed a second time in May, 2009.