Groton Hill Wind Ensemble Honors Invitational

Bringing talented young musicians together on our world-class stage.

May 18th & 19th

Groton Hill Music Center is home to beautiful stages and inspiring faculty. This year, we’re opening our doors to students from public school band programs who have risen to the top of their class for a very special experience.

Rehearsal: Saturday, May 18, 12:30-3:00pm
Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, May 19 5:00-6:30 pm
Concert: Sunday, May 19 7:00 pm 
Optional Rehearsals May 4 & 11

Deadline for student registration is Friday, March 1, 2024.

The Groton Hill Wind Ensemble Honors Invitational is a free performance opportunity for students nominated by their local band directors.

Students will join Dr. Frederick Harris Jr. and the Groton Hill Wind Ensemble for two rehearsals and a transformational performance on our incredible Concert Hall stage.

Come challenge yourself with new pieces selected to push your boundaries and help you explore new sonic possibilities. 

Dr. Frederick Harris Jr. has chosen a pair of challenging pieces for this year’s Honors Invitational: Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo (Malcolm Arnold), and Armenian Dances, Part One (Alfred Reed).

These pieces are masterworks from the wind ensemble canon, and are frequently performed at the college level.  

Students will receive a Certificate of Excellence for their participation in this program. 

The Groton Hill Wind Ensemble teaches a high-level, holistic approach to musicianship, with the understanding that each student embodies their instrument and uses it to communicate with the world. Discipline, good technique, challenging repertoire, and emotional connection are all vehicles to help us discover our musical personalities and to grow together.

“I believe that every moment we spend rehearsing with new friends and hearing new voices, expands us as people and makes us more sensitive musicians. That’s what I’m looking to create in every ensemble I conduct – empathy. And that’s what we focus on at Groton Hill.” – Dr. Frederick Harris Jr.

Dr. Frederick Harris Jr.

Director – Groton Hill Wind Ensemble

Dr. Harris is also the Director of the MIT Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, as well as author of Seeking The Infinite and Conducting With Feeling. 

No audition is necessary, only a recommendation. There is no fee for students to participate. Concert tickets for family and friends are $15.
We will do our best to accept each nominated student, but in order to maintain a balanced instrumentation, we may not be able to accommodate everyone.

Groton Hill Music Center

Groton Hill is a regional arts leader, community music school, and performance destination with 35 studio classrooms and 2 world-class stages.

With over 80 faculty teaching 35+ instruments, we proudly serve students of all ages and abilities with quality music education in an inspiring facility. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we provide scholarships and free daytime performances for communities in need, as well as music education programs in schools and Boys & Girls Clubs in Lowell, Leominster, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Gardner, and Clinton.