“…..THE FLINT SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE IS, EASILY, IN THE 99TH-plus PERCENTILE OF COMMUNITY BANDS.” – Red Cedar Festival clinician
The band is open to the public to join.
The only requirements for our members are the ability to read music and over 18 years of age.
Interested in joining? Contact us!
Rehearsals: We rehearse on Tuesday nights 7:30-9:30PM, starting after Labor Day each year and running through our final concert in the Spring. If the school is closed (snow days, holidays, etc.), we do not have rehearsal. Join us in the band room at Carman-Ainsworth High School [MAP]!
History: Our organization came into being in March of 1966 as “The Flint Civic Wind Ensemble”, organized by Donald C. Clough and sponsored by the Flint Community Music Association (the parent organization of the Flint Symphony Orchestra at that time).
Our name changed to “Flint Symphonic Wind Ensemble” in 1984 and we received official non-profit status in 1999.
Mission: The mission of the Flint Symphonic Wind Ensemble (FSWE) is:
- to provide musical access to both practice and performance for adult musicians and
- to provide music education and entertainment for the community.
Major Programs: FSWE has four major programs:
- A rehearsal schedule is followed on Tuesday evenings during the school year at Carman-Ainsworth High School, allowing an opportunity for area adult musicians to practice their music with other adult musicians and to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of instrumental music.
- Six to ten concert performances are offered to the Greater Flint Area public during each year, providing an opportunity for the community to enjoy instrumental music by seasoned musicians and to increase music appreciation. Some of these are in high schools and/or middle schools, with student musicians joining the FSWE members in performing.
Links with Similar Organizations: The Flint Symphonic Wind Ensemble shares some of our musicians with the Flint Concert Band, the Genesee Wind Symphony, North Oakland Concert Band, South Oakland Concert Band, and the Lansing Concert Band. Some of these players also are members of the Genesee Valley Concert Band, Vassar City Band, and Holly Community Band, all of which perform in the summertime. The Carman-Ainsworth Community School District provides a location for rehearsals at Carman-Ainsworth High School.