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 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.