The Strafford Wind Symphony is a volunteer musical organization comprised of both professional and non-professional musicians. We exist to provide excellent opportunities for lifelong musicianship, support music education in our schools, entertain a wide range of audiences, and promote the greater good of our local community. To learn more about us, please click here.

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August Update: New Concert Dates

SWS Family and Friends,

We are excited to announce our first few concert dates for the 2021-2022 season. Visit our Performance Schedule to learn more!




Quint-Essential Winds – Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

7/27 UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled.

Catch a couple of our members performing this Tuesday, July 27th, in Rochester’s Central Square. This performance is free to the public. Hooray for live music at last!



We’re back!

After a 16-month COVID-19 break, the Strafford Wind Symphony gathered on the evening of July 22nd to make music once again! We had 37 of our members in attendance with even more on the way for next rehearsal. It was a joyful and long-awaited evening indeed! We hope to be able to perform a Halloween concert for you on October 15th– stay tuned!


Yardbird Jazz Quintet – Saturday, April 17th, 2021

Want to attend a concert online and listen from your favorite chair at home? The Yardbird Jazz Quintet of Wolfeboro, NH is presenting a free virtual concert on Saturday, April 17th at 7:30 PM. Bobby Burns, our associate conductor, will be performing on alto saxophone!

Simply email info@wfriendsofmusic.org to request the link to the special YouTube channel. The link will be sent to your email Saturday afternoon prior to the concert. Access to this Wolfeboro Friends of Music virtual concert is free of charge.

This performance continues the Wolfeboro Friends of Music spring segment of their 85th concert season. Yardbird Temple has wowed audiences throughout the Lakes Region since 2015.

In past seasons, WFOM depended on ticket sales, advertisers, sponsors and donors to sustain itself. Although admission is free of charge, contributions to WFOM are welcomed and can be made here: https://www.wfriendsofmusic.org/make-a-donation.html



The Music Goes On!

The Strafford Wind Symphony is alive and well. While we still haven’t been able to formally rehearse together or prepare to perform for you, that hasn’t stopped our members from working behind the scenes. Check out this scene: our flute section practicing outdoors at the home of our flute section leader Claudia Bissett! We all look forward to sharing the joy of the live performance of music with everyone soon, when it is safe to do so.



COVID-19 Notice

SWS Family and Friends,

Due to COVID-19 and the continued practice of social distancing, our concert season been postponed. We hope to perform for you again in the near future, and will continue to update our website as the situation evolves. Thank you for your continued support. We are missing you!




High School Concerto Competition

The deadline is quickly approaching! If you are a high school student who wishes to apply and audition, please remember to submit materials by March 2nd, 2020. Students, teachers, and families– feel free to help spread the word! More information can be found at this page.




Beefing Up The Bass

February 2, 2020 – McClelland Elementary School of Rochester, NH is in dire need of donations to fund two new bass clarinets. If you would like to help these deserving young musicians, please follow this link to Donors Choose and donate today. Anything helps! The project is titled “Beefing Up The Bass”. Please share!!!

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We enjoy coming back to familiar places to share music, but also seek to perform for new audiences.  As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we are dependent upon the generosity of our families, friends, neighbors and business community to help us keep the music playing from year to year.


Interested in hosting a performance by the Strafford Wind Symphony? Please contact our General Manager, Bob Sinclair, at wdwinds4@metrocast.net for more information.




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