Wind Ensemble performs on stage during a concert. The conductor stands in front gesturing with his hands and baton. The ensemble consists of high school students of varying ages playing wind and percussion instruments.

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 Academy 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. Wind Ensemble also offers students an array of non-musical benefits and life skills, including accountability, patience, confidence, a sense of community, and artistry.

Students registered for Academy 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.


Audition requests are open for the 2020-21 season. There is no cost to audition. Click the button below to request an audition. Please note that returning students are required to audition each year. Click here to view the audition requirements.

Request an Audition

Tuition assistance is available to families who demonstrate financial need.



    • All Symphonic Band rehearsals and performances for the spring semester have been canceled for everyone’s safety, effective immediately. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    • At this point, Wind Ensemble auditions will proceed as scheduled; you will receive audition confirmation in the coming weeks.

    • We will collect music in April/May. You will receive an informational email once the dates have been finalized.


  • Concert Ticket Refunds

We would be tremendously grateful for anyone willing to consider their ticket purchase a donation to the Academy. Your tickets support all the work we do, including providing access to music instruction for 1 in 10 Academy students annually who would otherwise be unable to afford it.

For those who purchased concert tickets, refunds will be offered for all cancelled Academy performances. The Lawrence University Box Office will be able to begin processing refunds on Wednesday, March 18. The building is closed to outside visitors at this time; families will only be able to reach the box office by phone at 920-832-6749 or by email at

The box office hours are as follows:

  • March 18-21 - 12:30-4:00 p.m.
  • March 22 - closed
  • March 23-28 - 12:30-4:00 p.m.
  • March 29 - closed


Wind Ensemble
Grades 10–12, auditioned


Mike Ross, teacher-conductor
Alex Quade, manager


Mondays, 7:15–9:15 p.m.
September 16–November 18
​January 6–March 9
*Further rehearsals cancelled due to COVID-19.
No rehearsal January 20.

Shattuck Hall 163, Lawrence Conservatory of Music

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2019-20 Calendar

Click the button below to view a draft of the 2019-20 Wind Ensemble calendar. Please note that the calendar will be updated in the fall.

2019-20 Calendar

Policies and Required Materials

Registration in an Academy program indicates your understanding and acceptance of our guidelines. In addition to the Academy 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 Academy of Music and should be returned at the end of each semester or when the student leaves the ensemble.
  • Lost or damaged music will be billed at the cost of the complete score. 
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.

A student in concert attire is playing the timpaniA close-up of two students playing the trombone during rehearsalA photo shot from behind of a student playing the saxophone as she looks at her music during a concert.Two students smile at each other during rehearsal. They are holding french horns.