|Q: How does a musician join the Hornell
Area Wind Ensemble (HAWE)?
A: If you are an active musician who
would like to join a performing community band,
just show up! We rehearse on Tuesday
nights (Sept.- June) from 7:30 -
9:15 P.M. in the Hornell High School
Band Room. If you haven't
played in awhile, we invite you to
come to a rehearsal, listen to and look at the
music, and talk to our conductors. Since
we are a community based organization, we
encourage all members to play at the level at
which they feel comfortable.
Q: Can students join the HAWE?
A: Most of our members are adults,
however, serious high school musicians who can
commit to our rehearsal and performance
schedules and who are looking for more musical
challenges are more than welcome to join.
Q: What is the attendance policy,
and what happens if I cannot perform in one of the
concerts due to a prior commitment?
A: HAWE has a flexible attendance policy,
but for the betterment of the ensemble, our
conductors ask that musicians attend at least
half, or more, of the rehearsals prior to each
concert. We ask that you especially attend
the dress rehearsal, held the Tuesday prior to
the performance date. If you know in
advance, please tell the conductor when you will
be absent. If you cannot perform in a
specific concert, you can take a "leave of
absence" and HAWE will welcome you back after
the concert. You are also welcome to sit
in on rehearsals, since we frequently rehearse
pieces meant for subsequent concerts.
Q: What level of music is played by the HAWE?
A: The musicial selections performed at
each concert range from level 2.5 (junior high)
to level 6 (advanced). Our conductors
balance difficulty as well as variety, from wind
band classics to marches, medleys, contemporary
music, etc., in an effort to both please and
educate our audiences.
Q: How many concerts does the HAWE perform?
A: In a typical year, HAWE performs
about six times: A fall concert (October), a
holiday concert (December), a pops or exchange concert
the Young Artist's concert (April), and a Memorial
Weekend concert (May), usually featuring a
patriotic theme and a guest military conductor.
We also perform a June concert of light music at
an outdoor venue for the Hornell Community.
Q: What is the governing body of the HAWE?
A: The decision making body of the HAWE is
an elected Board of Directors. These
include the President, Vice President (Publicity
and Public Relations), as well as input and
advice from our conductors and other members as
needed. The Board generally sets dates,
announces a fundraiser, discusses music,
solicits publicity, etc.