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The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble

Music Director and Conductor

Edward Belin


The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble was formed in 1986 to provide an outlet for adult musicians to express their musical talent and also to provide live concert band music to the surrounding community. The group currently consists of an average of fifty musicians ranging in age from late teens to retirees. Although some members are current or former music educators, most others are from fields such as health care, education, aviation, banking, and civil service. They represent a well-rounded community group.

The third, and current conductor, since the organization was founded is Edward Belin. Mr. Belin is in his eleventh year as the ensemble’s music director and conductor. He is the director of the Hornell High School Symphonic Band, a position that he has held since 1996. He is assisted by associate conductor Chris Lynn throughout the season.

The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble’s concert season runs from September through June. Our repertoire consists of a wide variety of music ranging from transcriptions of standard classical pieces, traditional concert band pieces, music from the stage, as well as a broad range of marches and contemporary literature written for concert bands.

The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble sponsors the Luther Hoffman Young Artist Award, given to a deserving area High School student at the "Young Artist Concert" each Spring. The Wind Ensemble also presents an annual Patriotic Concert in May honoring veterans past and present. The Patriotic Concert features guest artists and conductors from the United States Military Bands and showcases the Hornell Area Community Chorus.









The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble

is a proud member of the

Association of Concert Bands

Chris Lynn, Associate Conductor



Edward Belin - Director, Hornell Area Wind Ensemble

Edward Belin is in his eleventh year as the music director for the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble, prior to which he was the Associate Director for three years. Under his baton, the group has maintained the traditional standards and repertoire it is well known for, while adding different contemporary and educational works for the audience to experience.

Mr. Belin is in his seventeenth year as the Senior High Band Director and Marching Band Director at Hornell High School for the Hornell City School District (Hornell, NY). The Senior High Symphonic Band has maintained a difficulty level of five or six in New York State, usually maintaining a Silver or Gold certificate. Prior to his position in Hornell, he was the Middle School Band Director and Assistant Marching Band Director for Wellsville High School for six years where his percussion sections were ranked first and second in the state in their division.

As a percussionist, Mr. Belin has performed with many local community and semi-professional organizations including the Olean Community Theatre, Wellsville Performing Arts Orchestra, Hornell Rotary Club Drama Productions, and the Southern Tier Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor, he has been fortunate to conduct all of the previously mentioned groups, excepting the Southern Tier Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted All County Bands in both Steuben County and Allegany County.

Mr. Belin received both his Bachelor and Master degrees from the State University of New York in Fredonia. He studied advanced conducting techniques at Mansfield University with Dr. Adam Brennan.

Mr. Belin is a member of the New York State School Music Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the New York State Band Directors Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Association of Concert Bands.

He currently resides in Wellsville, NY with his wife, Judith.

Hornell Area Wind Ensemble Board of Directors:

President James Caneen
Vice President / Public Relations Maryann Van Scoter
Secretary Donna Caneen
Treasurer Susan Dessena
Librarian Susan Murawski
Concert Manager Patricia Wiggers
Webmaster Meghan Smith
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