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Junior Wind Ensemble at UMass Lowell

The UMass Lowell New England Junior Wind Ensemble brings together talented middle school musicians from New England with college students from the UMass Lowell Department of Music

Not enough "play" time in school? If you enjoy playing your instrument and would like to have some fun and play more often, then this is for you!

Detaisl about our current concert as well as enrollment for next year's program are found below. You can also find out more about our ensemble and our repertoire, including specially commissioned works!


Friday May 1, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at Durgin Concert Hall! Details:

  • On May 1, 2020 students should arrive at 6:20 p.m., set up and tune.
    • Sound check will follow with some rehearsal until 7:05 p.m.
    • Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Concert Dress: Ladies - all black. Gents - black jacket & pants, black tie, black socks and shoes. White shirt. If you have a tux, please wear it.



Rehearsals are Mondays from 5-6:30 p.m. from January 20 - April 27.

  • First Rehearsal: Monday, January 20, 2019 (MLK day)
  • Enrollment will remain open through January 20
  • Note: our Dress Rehearsal is Monday, April 27
  • Location: UMass Lowell Concert Hall (or room 113 one or two nights).
  • We will not rehearse on President's Day in February.
  • We WILL rehearse Patriots Day in April.
    • We DO rehearse college spring break, Monday March 9.

Application for Junior NEYWE (Online Registration)

Refer a Friend! Receive a $25 discount for friend referrals. Details are on our application page!

About The Ensemble

The UMass Lowell New England Junior Youth Wind Ensemble is for students enrolled in grades 6 through 9 who have played their instrument for at least one year. The UMass Lowell Department of Music offers this ensemble to meet the growing demand for a program for younger instrumentalists. Similar to the very successful New England Youth Wind Ensemble, this new program (NEYWE Jr.) is under the baton of a conductor from the University's Department of Music, with additional instruction from college students majoring in music.

Come join us! A concert ensemble such as this provides a unique opportunity for students to perform with peers from local school systems. Working together to further their musicianship, students will have the chance to learn and grow.

Our Music

Repertoire is chosen from a variety of periods and styles, suited to the proficiency level of the participants. Emphasis is on the highest quality of performance and the development of ensemble technique.

In 2010 and 2011 Director Deb Huber, recipient of the University of Massachusetts Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize, commissioned works for the Junior Wind Ensemble from composers Ed Huckeby and Robert Sheldon. Supported in part by the Lowell Cultural Council and the Zuckerberg Prize, the world premiere of both works specifically written for the ensemble, took place at UMass Lowell's Durgin Hall.

All Students

We would like to have a sense as to how you play in order to seat you properly. The best pieces to prepare are junior district level pieces from any year. Talk with your band director or call University Music at 978-453-6488 to obtain "seating placement" pieces. Choose a piece that you are comfortable with and that shows your skill level.

2020 Placement

2020 Placement occurs on two dates in January. For dates & time choices please email:

All students will play for the conductor's panel so its members can determine the best seating placement. Students who have earned a seat in any junior district ensemble will be automatically accepted to the ensemble. However, they need to play for seating placement as well. A solo work or a band part will be acceptable. Students preparing for junior districts are encouraged to perform such selections.

2020 Concert

  • Dress rehearsal: Monday April 27 from 5- 6:15 p.m. No need to be in concert attire.
  • Concert: Friday May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Students should arrive at 6:20 p.m.
  • Dress: ladies - formal, all black (closed toe shoes), gents: black pants and jacket, tie, socks, shoes with white shirt (college students - tuxedo).


The ensemble costs $175, which includes a $50 enrollment fee and $125 for tuition.

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