03 Oct Grand Street Community Band
Brian Worsdale, Director
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
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.
Over the many seasons GSCB has existed we have had the pleasure to host amazing
guest conductors, composers and performing artists. Most recently conductor/composer
Johan De Meji lead GSCB in a performance of his infamous Lord of the Rings
Symphony. Along with this, trombone soloist Jon Whitaker and Composer Anthony
Barfield joined the GSCB in a performance of Red Sky. Throughout the ensembles
history we have had the pleasure of working with other composer such as Michael
Markowski and David Maslanka.