A wide shot of Wind Ensemble performing during a concert. The conductor stands before them with his baton raised.

Lawrence Community Wind Ensemble (Grades 10-12, auditioned)


Mike Ross, teacher-conductor

Shattuck Hall 163, Lawrence Conservatory of Music


Rehearsals: Mondays, 7:15–9:15 p.m.

The Lawrence Community Wind Ensemble is open by audition to advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion players in grades 10-12 who love playing and exploring challenging band literature. The ensemble provides an environment for students to experience masterpieces of wind literature and to work toward a goal well beyond the accepted norm. Wind Ensemble rehearses weekly and performs two joint concerts with the Lawrence Community Symphonic Band in November and March of each year.

Involvement in the program is invaluable for students who desire to continue their musical journey into college and allows them to stand out as passionate musicians and dedicated members of an honors ensemble. The Lawrence Community Wind Ensemble also offers students an array of non-musical benefits and life skills, including the development of accountability, patience, confidence, community, and artistry.

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; Wind Ensemble should not substitute for curricular music programs.


There is no cost to audition for Wind Ensemble. Please note that returning students are required to audition each year. To receive audition information for the 2021-22 season, please click the button below and fill out our interest form.

Interest 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 Wind Ensemble-specific policies and required materials.

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.