How many people are in the band?
Currently there are 45-50 players in the band.
What kind of instruments are in the band?
The band includes woodwinds (flutes, oboes, clarinets, bass clarinets, bassoons and saxophones), brass (trumpets, French horns, trombones, euphoniums and tubas) and percussion. There are no guitars in the band.
What music does the band play?
We play “light classics” much like the Boston Pops – original works for wind band, orchestral transcriptions, Broadway and popular song medleys, and of course, marches from around the world. Our outdoor summer concerts are lighter than our formal indoor concerts.
Where and when does the band rehearse?
We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the social hall at St. Pauls United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. We do not rehearse during the Christmas / New Year season (late December / early January) and in late summer (August and early September).
Where and when does the band give concerts?
We give formal indoor concerts in the fall, winter and spring in the sanctuary at St. Pauls Church (see above), and special occasion concerts in neighborhoods across the city. We give outdoor summer concerts in popular sites around the city, including the Lincoln Park Zoo.
What neighborhoods does the band serve?
While we rehearse and perform primarily in Lincoln Park, the band seeks to perform in other neighborhoods across the city.
Does the band charge money for concert tickets?
Currently admission to our concerts is free.
Does the band charge for on-site performances?
It is customary for groups sponsoring a special performance for a specific audience to give the band an honorarium to help cover expenses. There is no set amount or fee.
How do I get into the band?
Interested musicians should contact Mark and Sarah Mosley at email@example.com, stating their primary (and any secondary) instrument, and summarizing their musical education and performance experience. We maintain a waiting list for each section and publicize openings for specific instruments.
Do I have to audition?
Currently we do not audition players for admission to the band. We base admission on our description of your skill and experience. We do sometimes conduct informal auditions for certain sections to determine seating.
Who conducts the band?
Mark and Sarah Mosley are the conductors of Windy City Winds. Their biographies are available in the “Our Conductors” section of the website. Sometimes the band will feature a guest conductor for a specific piece.
How did the band get started?
Mark and Sarah Mosley co-founded the band in September 2015. They saw the need for a community concert band in the city comparable to the finest community bands in Chicago suburbs, providing opportunities for talented musicians to rehearse and perform, and concert opportunities in Chicago neighborhoods, promoting wind music and weaving this music into our cultural life.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, Windy City Winds NFP donations are tax deductible as we are an IRS approved 501c3 organization.
Are band members paid?
No. There are professional musicians who play in the band, but they are not paid for rehearsals or performances with the band. Our conductors are also unpaid.
What kind of people are in the band?
The musicians in the band are diverse in age (21 to 89), race, gender, sexual orientation,profession and experience. We have members who are teachers, lawyers, psychologists, real estate agents, consultants, information technologists, and retired executives.