Groton Hill Wind Ensemble


The Groton Hill Wind Ensemble is home to wind, brass, and percussion players from across the region, featuring talented players from all walks of life who are eager to elevate their craft and learn from one another.
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Dr. Frederick Harris Jr. specializes in a holistic approach to music making, incorporating elements of personal growth, visualization, community, and creative expression. Join us to experience a collaborative ensemble program like no other.

This program further includes the chance to disperse into smaller chamber ensembles for select students. This allows for a more focused, intimate collaboration by instrument, and the opportunity to stand out as an individual.

Want to experience this ensemble in person? The Groton Hill Wind Ensemble opens its rehearsals to prospective members!
Contact our Class and Ensemble Manager to schedule a visit.

Now auditioning for the 2024 season. Submit yours for mid-year enrollment!

Video auditions accepted anytime.

Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr.

Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. is the director of the MIT Wind Ensemble, and author of  Conducting with Feeling and Seeking the Infinite: The Musical Life of Stanisław Skrowaczewski.

The Groton Hill Wind Ensemble performing in the Concert Hall at their recent Winter Concert, Flourishing Winds.

Unique performance opportunities

Piccolo player Brienna had the opportunity to visit MIT with the Groton Hill Wind Ensemble, performing alongside advanced players on MIT’s own concert stage. 

Groton Hill Wind Ensemble students performing at the 9th Annual PRISM Concert side by side with the MIT Wind Ensemble at their campus in Cambridge.

Experiences like these are just a part of why students from across the region choose to study and develop their musicianship skills at Groton Hill. This ensemble is grounded in a diverse, dynamic atmosphere, thanks to the faculty, teaching artists, and students who are passionate about the pursuit of musical excellence.

Dual Enrollment

Your musicianship opportunities can span across more than one ensemble here at Groton Hill.

Advanced winds, brass and percussion students have the opportunity to perform in both the Sinfonia Concert Orchestra and Groton Hill Wind Ensemble at a special discounted rate!

Merit Scholarships

Thanks to our generous donors, Groton Hill is able to provide students with need-based scholarships to help make a quality regional ensemble experience more accessible.

Merit scholarships are available for select instruments, including percussion, brass, and double reeds. Submit your video audition now for consideration.

Experience them live at their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 19th! At 7pm in the Concert Hall, the show will also feature select students from around the region of whom were granted a special invitational opportunity.

Meet the Director

Dr. Frederick Harris Jr.

Director, Groton Hill Wind Ensemble
Frederick Harris Jr. has been highly active with public school students and music educators throughout his career, leading seminars, guest conducting, and coordinating enrichment events. He currently serves as Music Director of the MIT Wind Ensemble and MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, and as MIT’s Jazz Performance Studies Coordinator. He and the MIT Wind Ensemble have been featured on NPR, PBS, and in two New England Emmy-winning documentaries.
“Every time we gather to make music we have the opportunity to connect and grow. We expand our humanity by expressing our feelings through sound, silence, and space.”

The Groton Hill Advantage

  • Inspiring surroundings

  • Holistic learning

  • Unique opportunities

  • Welcoming community

Audition Information

Auditions for the Groton Hill Youth Wind Ensemble may be done in-person or by submitting a video. Click here to schedule your audition or submit your video.

Auditions for the Youth Wind Ensemble must demonstrate depth, breadth, and understanding. Be prepared to play major scales up to five sharps and flats and a chromatic scale.

Need-based scholarships are made available thanks to our generous community of donors, and can be applied for online

Not ready to audition just yet? Rehearsals are open to prospective students! Fill out this form to schedule a visit.
Regarding any specific inquiries, contact our Class and Ensemble Manager


Need-based scholarships are available thanks to our generous community of donors, and can be easily applied for online

The Groton Hill campus features 2 world-class stages, 35 classrooms, 2 flexible performance spaces, outdoor seating, and 75 acres of protected farmland. The light-filled architecture encourages interactions between students and the artists who perform on our stages, letting us bring incredible talent into the classroom to give students unique experiences that will inspire them for years to come.