For over 30 years, the Lawrence Community Bands have brought together dedicated middle and high school musicians from across northeast Wisconsin to prepare challenging music and work toward a goal beyond the accepted norm. The Lawrence Community Bands program consists of two ensembles for woodwind, brass, and percussion students: Symphonic Band, our non-auditioned band, and Wind Ensemble, our honors band for advanced musicians. Ensembles rehearse weekly at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music and present joint concerts at the conclusion of each semester.

Symphonic Band students perform onstage during a concert, their conductor in front of them.

Symphonic Band

Non-Auditioned Community Band
(Grades 7-12)

Wind Ensemble students perform onstage during a concert.

Wind Ensemble

Auditioned Honors Band
(Grades 9-12)

The Lawrence Community Bands graphic: the LCMS smile log appears to the left of the text, and "BANDS" is bolded and decorated with sheet music. "Symphonic Band - Wind Ensemble" appears beneath the text.

"I am a tenured musician with a major US orchestra and have a D.M.A. in clarinet performance. My involvement in these programs gave me a formidable foundation on which to build a career in music performance. I cherish the memories and friends I made in both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble two decades later."

Erin Vander Wyst, Lawrence Community Bands alum (4 years)