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Coups de Vents : Research, creation and training for wind music

What we do

Municipal bands, wind orchestras and brass bands in (almost) all our towns and villages: this is one of the great characteristics and original features of Hauts-de-France and Pas de Calais. It’s something we can be proud of! These brass bands are a breeding ground that has been spotted all over the world.

Yet this exceptional living heritage is under threat. The main reason? A lack of repertoire that is both appropriate and rewarding.

Since its creation in 2004, Coups de Vents has had one mission: to develop and modernise wind orchestras in their historic territories. To achieve this, we organise prestigious international competitions to renew the repertoire, as well as training sessions for musicians and conductors, special events and numerous concerts.

We’re all about stirring up harmony!


International Composition Competitions, orchestration and soon Conducting…
The Coups de Vents competitions are now recognised the world over


Made up of teachers from music schools and conservatoires in the Pas-de-Calais region, Coups de Vents Wind Orchestra is a band that will blow you away!

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Because the development and enhancement of our orchestras also depends on the qualifications of their conductors, Coups de Vents offers training courses in orchestral conducting.

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Latest news

International Wind Orchestra Orchestration Competition CIO#2: Launch of the Call for Entries

Here we go: after a highly successful first edition in 2022, Coups de Vents is organizing its second International Orchestration…

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Orchestration training: pre-registration now open!

We told you about it a few weeks ago: as part of its 2023-2024 residency devoted to orchestration, Coups de…

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Coups de Vents éditions is born!

Great news for our association: since 1 May, Coups de Vents has obtained the very official status of Sacem publisher.…

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Residency 2023 – 2024: Coups de Vents on Orchestration with Anthony Girard

On Saturday 1 April, in partnership with the Confédération Musicale de France Hauts de France, Coups de Vents will kick…

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