The Strafford Wind Symphony has a way of creating a supportive atmosphere for the creation and enjoyment of music by non-professional musicians. The SWS provides an opportunity for fellowship between musicians from all walks of life. The commitment to the love of music has kept Strafford Wind Symphony alive and growing. The fifty-five-member ensemble meets weekly to rehearse at the Rochester Middle School.
The SWS performs a variety of music literature from well-known favorites to contemporary pieces. The group has played at venues throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. In 2007, the Wind Symphony collaborated with the Rochester Opera House to offer a concert series to add local cultural experiences to the Seacoast area. 2010 marked the twelfth time that the group has been chosen as a participant in the Boston Festival of Bands, held annually at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, MA each June.
The wildly popular Summer Concert Series entertains folks of all ages with toe tapping patriotic marches and fun, familiar classics and Broadway tunes. The Strafford Wind Symphony also has a rich history of passing on the love of music through scores of concerts at area schools, offering an annual scholarship for high school students, providing musical support to clinics and to area arts-based non-profit organizations. The Strafford Wind Symphony is a member of the Association of Concert Bands and the Rochester Chamber Of Commerce.
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