About the Fort Washington Symphonic Winds

About FWSW

The Fort Washington Symphonic Winds (FWSW) is a community band based in Prince George’s County, Maryland. FWSW was founded in 2014 as a non-profit organization by Walter A. Harley, the current director of bands and string orchestra at Oxon Hill High School. The ensemble is comprised of gifted and talented adult musicians from the surrounding communities in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, who are interested in continuing their love for the creative arts. The Musicians are of various technical levels: former high school, college, retired military, music educators, and outstanding individuals who still have the aspiration to play their instrument in an adult environment. FWSW is acquiring musicians who perform on woodwind, brass wind, and percussion instruments.

Music Director and Founder:

Walter A. Harley is the current director of bands and string orchestra at Oxon Hill High School, located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He has served that state of Maryland for 27 years as a music educator, teaching in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County. He is a proud member of numerous organizations: National Association for Music Education, Maryland Music Educators Association, Maryland Band Directors Association, Maryland Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Band Masters Association, National Band Association (Maryland State Chair), Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Member, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Being a strong advocate of Music Education, his passion is to continue sharing the art of music through the Fort Washington Symphonic Winds, serving the community through music performance.

Board of Directors/Members

Board of Directors

Walter Harley - Founder/President

Brandon Wood - Vice President

Janis M. Harley - Secretary

Andrew Buchanan - Treasurer

Brittany Johnson - Business Administrator


Librarian - Jasmine Chung

Equipment Manager - James Darby

Historian - Heather Buchanan