The Grand Street Community Band is an all-volunteer symphonic wind ensemble that rehearses and performs esteemed repertoire in a friendly setting. We help adult musicians improve their command of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments while striving for a high level of craft and visibility. We support projects that encourage lifelong music-making through participation in symphonic wind ensembles. We strive to give every instrumental musician a place to play, regardless of ability level.
Our members come from all professions and walks of life; some of our seats are filled by alumni of the Grand Street Campus High Schools, from which the band takes its name. GSCB fills a huge void for symphonic wind ensembles in the New York City area.
Along with our emphasis on musicianship, we take pride in being a social, friendly group that encourages community values and gives our participants the opportunity to play together. GSCB’s efforts continue to surprise and delight both musicians and audiences, while keeping classical music alive and well within the Brooklyn community and beyond.
In addition to presenting our regular series at Grand Street High School, we have participated in Columbia University’s Festival of Winds, Make Music New York, McCarren Park Pumpkin Day, and Summer Starz at the East River State Park in our home neighborhood of Williamsburg. GSCB has also had the honor of performing at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Interim Artistic Director
Laurel Stinson an active conductor, music educator, and professional musician around the New York Metropolitan Area. She currently teaches at Third Street Music Settlement as a woodwind specialist and coach for the Symphonic Band. The band provides a unique opportunity for advanced student musicians from public, charter, private, and parochial schools to play with other students of their exceptional playing ability to perform at the infamous venues around New York City, like Carnegie Hall. After teaching music for 5 years in the public schools, she is currently pursuing other professional interests. During her time teaching at the Grand Street Campus and Midwood High School, she introduced over 1000 students to the benefits of learning music and playing instruments.
Laurel is an active member of the Metropolitan Music Community. In addition to serving as the Interim Artistic Director of the Grand Street Community Band, she is the co-clarinet section leader of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony. Off the traditional concert stage, she is also one of the many MMC members that play with the Brooklyn-based Funkrust Brass Band and the AntiMatter Horns.
Outside of music, she enjoys golfing and spending time outdoors. She dreams of one day having a corgi and a munchkin cat named Chuck and Willy.