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.
Artistic Director & Conductor
Known for his engaging manner and passion on the podium, Brian Worsdale has been leading ensembles on musical journeys for nearly two decades. As the new artistic director of the Grand Street Community Band, Brian sees a great deal of opportunity to bring music to this thriving community of artists. He is a passionate advocate of the artist as citizen model, helping to make the world a better place through the powerful medium of music.
In 1995 he founded what is now known as the InterSchool Orchestras of New York Symphonic Band. This ensemble once described as a “rag-tag group of musicians” has become one of the preeminent youth wind ensembles in the New York area. It has performed in halls large and small and made its debut appearance at Carnegie Hall in 2004. Alumni of this ensemble are playing in some of the world more established ensembles such as The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Brass.
In April, Brian celebrated a decade on the podium of the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band. During that time, he raised the level of the ensemble prompting a debut at Carnegie Hall in 2009. In 2009 he began a concert series at Symphony Space, bringing the ensemble to a growing audience.
Brian began his music studies as a trombonist, eventually becoming a student of New York Philharmonic trombonist David Finlayson. He was also a protégé of maestro Jonathan Strasser of the Manhattan School of Music. He continues his conducting studies with Anthony J. Maiello of George Mason University and Larry Livingston of USC.
He has worked with a wide array of artists including; Kurt Masur, Ricardo Muti, Steven Reineke, Jim Caruso, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Julie Wilson, Tituss Burgess, Harry Watters, Susie Mosher, and Terese Genecco to name a few. He is as comfortable in the pit as he is in the concert hall.
Finally, Brian calls Brooklyn his home. A native Brooklynite, Brian spends his summer months in residency at The French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts where he serves as Artistic Director and Conductor. There he leads the symphony orchestra and conducts numerous pit orchestras at one of the most comprehensive performing arts camps in the United States.
Laurel Stinson is currently in her 4th-year teaching beginning band, chorus, world percussion, and music theory at the Grand Street Campus High School campus in Brooklyn, NY.
Earning her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, she is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Conducting at Colorado State University, studying with Wes Kenney and Dr. Rebecca Phillips.
In addition to serving as assistant conductor, Laurel regularly performs on clarinet with the Grand Street Community Band as well as the other MMC groups, Brooklyn Wind Symphony and Kings County Concert Band. Her past clarinet teachers include Dr. Richard Faria, J. Lawrie Bloom, and Sal Repper.