About Us

SWS segment performing

Welcome to the Strafford Wind Symphony’s 25th concert season!  

The Strafford Wind Symphony has a way of creating a supportive atmosphere for the creation and enjoyment of music by 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 meets weekly to rehearse at the Rochester Middle School.


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.  The Strafford Wind Symphony also has a rich history of passing on the love of music through scores of concerts at area schools, offering an annual scholarship for high school students, providing musical support to clinics and to area arts-based non-profit organizations.  The Strafford Wind Symphony is a member of the Association of Concert Bands and the Rochester Chamber Of Commerce.

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

In 2015, The Strafford Wind Symphony’s Summer Music Camp Scholarship program in memory of former Musical Director Stan Hettinger helped three high school students further their musicianship by attending music camps.

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.


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

In addition, we believe it is vitally important to assist in the musical education of our youth, and our communities, which we support not only through our concerts and festival performances, but also by music clinics and the scholarships we award yearly to talented regional high school students who are pursuing further music education through summer music camps, and through donations to local charities.

Previous Venues and Clients:

Boston/Portsmouth Air Show VIP event, Portsmouth, NH
Timberlane Performing Arts Center Band Festival, Plaistow, NH
Wyandotte Mills Senior Center, Rochester, NH
Alton Bay Christian Conference Center, Alton, NH
The Prince Henry Society of Fall River, MA
Dunaway Center, Ogunquit, ME
St. Catherine’s of Genoa Church, Somerville, MA
NH Consistory
Nasson Community Center, Springvale, ME
Kennebunkport’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, ME
Fall Foliage of Music Festival, Saco, ME
9/11 Commemorative Concert, Rochester, NH
Harbor Park Gazebo, Wells, ME
Seaside Pavilion, OOB, ME
Henry Law Park, Dover, NH
North Hampton Bandstand, NH
Hampton Beach Seashell, NH
Stark Park, Manchester, NH
Dover High School, NH
Mast Way Elementary School, NH
Moharimet Elementary School, NH
Epsom Central School, NH
William Allen Elementary School, NH

Special Guests:

Peter Weaver, ’13
Christopher Kies ’13
David Ripley ’13
Morton Gold ’13
Nicholas Orovich ‘12
Elaine Gatchell ‘12
Mary Gatchell ‘12, ’13
Cliff Blake ’09-’12
Jenni Cook ’10
Aubrie Dionne ’10
Kurt Dupuis ’05
Anthony Ejarque ’09
Granite State Choral Society ’02
Arlene Kies ’08-’11, ’13
Paul Lally ’09
Mike Pomp ’06-’08
Seaglass Chorale ’07
Rev. Robert Thompson ’10

Contact us at (603) 749-9246 or SWSGenMgr@gmail.com to book your event today.