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The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble
Music Directors and Conductors
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 sixty 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 group is proud to say that the 2016-2017 season was their 30th concert season!
At the present time, the group has two conductors leading the ensemble through six concerts each season. Edward Belin took on the responsibility of Associate Conductor in April of 2001, and became the Music Director and Conductor in September of 2002. He began teaching for the Hornell City School District in the fall of 1994 as the Senior High Band Director. In that position at the present time, he is the Director of the Senior High Symphonic Band, the Jazz Ensemble, and Co-Director of the Marching Red Raiders, a competitive marching band.
Chris Lynn shares the conducting duties of the wind ensemble. He first joined as a playing member in the autumn of 2001. In February of 2011, Chris became an Associate Conductor and in February of 2013, he became the Co-Conductor along with Ed Belin. He graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and in 2006 with a Master’s Degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Currently he is a museum educator at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, and a private music instructor. His music interest keep him busy as a member of the Sterling Brass Quintet, pit musician for area theater productions, as well as an on-going composer.
The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble’s concert season runs from September through early June of each year. Its 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. Five of the six concerts are in the formal setting in the auditorium of the Hornell High School. The only out-door concert is held in June on the Broadway Mall in Hornell. All of the concerts are free and open to the public.
During the Memorial Day Weekend, an annual concert is held to honor the United States veterans that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. At this concert, the wind ensemble also honors our veterans, past and present. Current and former conductors from the premier United States service bands are invited to conduct this concert. Guest soloists for this concert have included active and retired members from these service bands.
In the early spring of each concert season, the band provides opportunity for two finalists of a January audition to participate in the Young Artist Concert. Each youth is given the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the ensemble. This concert focuses attention on music being a part of a young person’s life, and throughout, as it is and has been with the adult performers in the band.
The ensemble hosts a dinner to raise funds to benefit Faith in Action Steuben. This dinner is held in the Hornell High School cafeteria with light entertainment and is followed by a concert given by the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble. Our 30th season marks the fourth year in a row that this benefit dinner/concert has been held.
The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble is an organizational member of the Association of Concert Bands. The band maintains compliance with United States Copyright Law through its performance licensing agreements with ASCP and BMI. The ensemble was selected to perform at two ACB national conventions. The first in 1990 in Rochester, NY and, again, in 2008 in Corning, NY. The band has also participated in concert with the Hornell High School bands for their Veterans’ Day concerts, performed at the Vietnam Moving Wall when it came to Hornell, performed at Flag Day ceremonies in Mount Morris, NY, performed in a mass band performance in Painted Post, NY, and given a concert at the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, NY.
Several members of the group are Life Members of Association of Concert Bands.
The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble maintains compliance with United States Copyright Law through its performance licensing agreements with ASCAP and BMI.