Pittsford Sutherland Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble is an audition-based group for select students in grades 10 – 12 that meets daily during 5th period in the band rehearsal room. This group is the culmination of all prior musical training and the most elite ensemble in the district’s band program.
In preparation for future performances, it is expected that students demonstrate a desire to succeed. This desire becomes evident in each student's daily contribution to rehearsals, attitude and openness to constructive criticism, weekly preparation and skill reinforcement, and musical growth in lessons. Students will receive grades on their lesson preparation and progress weekly. In addition, students will be evaluated on performance and written skill assessments every 2-3 lessons. It is expected that students will attend regularly scheduled lessons weekly, however make up opportunities will be available should conflicts arise.
School owned instruments, mouthpieces and accessories that are borrowed for the year are expected to be returned in the same condition that they were when assigned to the student. Maintenance due to normal wear and tear will be paid for by the school, however the cost of damage due to neglect or carelessness must be paid for by the borrower. A record of the item borrowed (including brand and serial number as well as the condition in which it was assigned) is kept each September for comparison.
I would highly encourage the advanced musicians of the Wind Ensemble to share their talents with other musical organizations (jazz groups, pit orchestra, pep band, solo festivals, all-county and all-state festivals) to broaden their experience and expertise.
Each student’s commitment to their own personal excellence makes them a valued member of the Wind Ensemble. Pooling these individual talents and striving for collective mastery of musical skills creates a deeply meaningful artistic experience and provides cherished memories for a lifetime.