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. Go to full article
Malone, NY, Oct 22, 2010 — What happens when you take a wind ensemble and add the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds? The Northern Symphonic Winds will join forces with saxophonist Christopher Creviston for a performance of Bolcom's "Concert Suite" on Saturday, October 30 in Malone. Creviston teaches at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam and has performed as soloist in front of bands and orchestras across the country. Todd Moe caught up with him in his studio at Crane to talk about the saxophone and a piece that's been called a "tour de force" for saxophonists. Go to full article
New Horizons Band information meeting: Aug 25th, 10am, Potsdam Community Room
Potsdam, NY, Aug 24, 2010 — Senior adults who would like to learn to play a concert band instrument are invited to a workshop in Potsdam tomorrow morning. Dig out that old clarinet or trumpet from the attic, or try out a new instrument. Brass player Ron Berry came up with the idea of starting a band for seniors based on his experiences, as an adult, at summer music camps through the New Horizons International Music Association. He told Todd Moe that beginners are especially welcome. Go to full article
Potsdam, NY, May 18, 2010 — A group of local musicians wants to reconvene the Potsdam Community Band after its 25 year hiatus. Musicians are invited to an information meeting Wednesday night (7 pm) in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room. Band director Theresa Witmer told Todd Moe that the band is open to all adults who play traditional wind band instruments. She says Wednesday's meeting will offer more information about the summer season. Go to full article
Potsdam, NY, Aug 14, 2009 — Senior adults who would like to learn to play a concert band instrument are invited to a workshop in Potsdam next Tuesday. Dig out that old clarinet or trumpet from the attic, or try out a new instrument. Music education students at the Crane School of Music will conduct band rehearsals starting next month. Brass player Ron Barry came up with the idea of starting a band for seniors based on his experiences, as an adult, at summer music camps through the New Horizons International Music Association. He told Todd Moe that beginners are especially welcome. Go to full article