Who We Are

SWS segment performing

Welcome to the Strafford Wind Symphony’s web page!

The Strafford Wind Symphony has a way of creating a supportive atmosphere for the creation and enjoyment of music by professional and non-professional musicians. The SWS provides an opportunity for fellowship between musicians from all walks of life.  The commitment to the love of music has kept Strafford Wind Symphony alive and growing.  The fifty-five-member ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings in Rochester, NH.


Hampton Beach Seashell, June, 2012


The SWS performs a variety of music literature from well-known favorites to contemporary pieces. The group has played at venues throughout New Hampshire,  Massachusetts and Maine.  In 2007, the Wind Symphony collaborated with the Rochester Opera House to offer a concert series to add local cultural experiences to the Seacoast area. 2010 marked the twelfth time that the group has been chosen as a participant in the Boston Festival of Bands, held annually at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, MA each June.

Our wildly popular Summer Concert Series entertains folks of all ages with toe tapping Patriotic marches and fun, familiar classics and Broadway tunes.

Our fearless leader at the sausage helm at the Portsmouth Air Show in August 2011

The Strafford Wind Symphony also has a rich history of passing on the love of music. We do this through performing “Music In Our Schools Month” concerts at area schools, awarding annual music camp scholarships to high school students, and providing musical support to arts-based, non-profit organizations in our area.  The Strafford Wind Symphony is a member of the Association of Concert Bands and the Rochester Chamber Of Commerce.

Our Mission:  The Strafford Wind Symphony’s purpose is to provide opportunities for enhanced growth and  life-long musical expression through challenging musical experiences for its members, musical educational assistance for younger musicians, and the performance of concerts aimed at entertaining a wide range of audiences, supporting the history and heritage of the American Community Band.

Our main purpose is to stimulate interest in symphonic music through our public concerts and regional touring, reaffirming the necessity of the American community band by broadening appreciation for the music we play. It is also an opportunity for our members to grow as musicians and express themselves creatively. We believe it is vitally important to assist in the musical education of our youth and local communities.

The SWS and ROH teamed up to contribute concert proceeds to the Homeless Shelter of Strafford County.

Contact us at wdwinds4@metrocast.net to book your event today.



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