Reserve your spring semester audition!

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)


Michael Ross, teacher-conductor
Graham Goland, manager

Shattuck Hall 163, Lawrence Conservatory of Music


Rehearsals: Mondays, 7:15–9:15 p.m.
September 13–November 29
January 3–March 14 (no rehearsal Jan. 17)

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 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.

Please visit our COVID-19 Protocol page for the most current safety information for the 2021-22 academic year.


Audition requests are open for the spring semester; click the button below for more information and signup. While we typically only enroll students in the fall, we recognize that this has been a year of constant change for everyone as we all slowly return to in-person activities. We’re excited to offer local middle and high school musicians the opportunity to join (or rejoin!) our musical community mid-year. There is no cost to audition for Wind Ensemble.

Audition Request 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.

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.)

Wind Ensemble 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.


2021-22 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

Four photos: the woodwinds playing during a concert, two brass students smiling at each other during rehearsal, a student playing timpani during a concert, two trombonists playing during rehearsal