Tim Savage conducts the St. Lawrence University Wind Ensemble during a recent rehearsal. The spring concert is Monday, April 22nd at 8 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall. It's free and open to all. Photo: Todd Moe
Apr 17, 2013 — The North Country has a rich history of outstanding community bands. And the number of local concert bands has increased in just the last few years. Some are year-round ensembles that rehearse at local colleges or community centers. Others garner heaps of applause in parades and gazebos during the summer months. Organizers will tell you that community bands give every player a chance to contribute in their own way.
The St. Lawrence Wind Ensemble began more than 25 years to offer students and local musicians a challenging and rewarding musical experience in an encouraging environment. Today, the group includes just over 30 students, faculty and community musicians.
Members say the St. Lawrence University Wind Ensemble fills a void because every college or university needs its own band and has a pool of eager student, faculty and community members. But the main reason most everyone gave for joining was to keep their instruments out of mothballs.
Todd Moe stopped by a rehearsal of the SLU Wind Ensemble this week as the group prepared for its spring concert, next Monday night in the Peterson-Kermani Performance hall.