Register for the 2022-23 Season

Symphonic Band performing onstage during a concert. Their conductor stands in front with her arms raised.

Lawrence Community Symphonic Band (Grades 7-12, non-auditioned)


Caitlynn Acy, teacher-conductor
Melanie Shefchik, manager

Shattuck Hall 156, Lawrence Conservatory of Music


Rehearsals: Mondays, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
2022-23 Schedule
September 12–November 14
January 2–March 13 (no rehearsal Jan. 16)

“The musicians here are driven by a mutual passion for music—both the teachers and students alike are exceptional musicians that take music seriously and truly respect what it means to be an ensemble. The pieces that the bands play are a great challenge, and I really appreciate being given the opportunity to sharpen my skills as a musician.”

The Lawrence Community Symphonic Band provides dedicated woodwind, brass, and percussion players in grades 7-12 the opportunity to prepare and perform challenging band literature in an environment driven by collaboration and camaraderie. Ensemble members also develop life skills that support a high level of musical performance, including confidence, patience, independence, and communication. No audition is required, although band members should have at least two years of experience on their instrument. 

Lawrence Community bands rehearse weekly on Monday nights in the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Two ten-week semesters each culminate with a performance on the stage of the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Symphonic Band is an appropriate first step for students who wish to play in the Lawrence Community Wind Ensemble, our auditioned honors band. 

Students registered for Community Music School ensembles are also expected to participate in a curricular (during the school day, for credit) performing musical ensemble when available; Symphonic Band should not substitute for curricular music programs.


Come play with us for the 2022-23 band season! Fill out our online form to reserve your spot in the ensemble.

Registration Form

Tuition assistance is available to families who demonstrate financial need.


Policies and Required Materials

Registration in an Community Music School program indicates your understanding and acceptance of our guidelines. In addition to our guidelines, please click through the subjects below to read about Symphonic Band-specific policies and required materials.

Google Classroom
Lawrence Community Music School youth ensembles utilize Google Classrooms to communicate with students and their families. Registered families will receive an email with an invite link and instructions on how to join and use their choir’s Google Classroom. Families who do not have a Google account can create a free account using an existing email. With parent/guardian permission, the invite link also may be used by the student if they wish to join the Classroom with their own Google account. (Please note that some school accounts block access to Classrooms outside their organization for the students’ safety.)

Symphonic Band staff will post resources, practice notes, and announcements in the Classroom. Families are responsible for checking their email and Classroom for up-to-date ensemble information.

Click here to view general Classroom instructions.
Electronics Policy
Cell phones, iPods, electronic readers, and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited during ensemble rehearsals and back stage during concerts. If a family emergency takes place during a rehearsal or concert, please contact the ensemble manager.
Band Materials
  • Students will be given a folder with music that must be brought to every rehearsal. Students should also bring a pencil with them to rehearsal.
  • All folders and music are the property of the Lawrence Community Music School and should be returned at the end of each semester or when the student leaves the ensemble.
Concert Attire
  • Students should wear all black or black bottoms and a white shirt; no jeans, tennis shoes, or excessive jewelry.
  • If a student wishes to wear a tie, they must wear it with a collared white long-sleeved shirt. Students may also wear suits or black sport coats.
  • If a student wishes to wear a skirt or dress, it should be knee-length or longer when seated and non-patterned.

2022-23 Concert Schedule

Registered families will receive a complete calendar to download and print before the first rehearsal. Ticket sale dates will be announced in the fall. Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office online, over the phone, or in-person.

Fall Semester
Spring Semester


“My kids love band. Through the Lawrence Community Band program, they have been able to see how much they know and where they are headed with their instruments. They expand their musical knowledge and take that back to school band as well.”
– Rebecca Quiroz, Symphonic Band parent (2021-22 season)

Four photos: Symphonic Band playing onstage, a closeup of mallets on a marimba, a trombone student smiling during rehearsal, a closeup of a student playing the cymbals during a concert