The UMass Lowell New England Youth Wind Ensemble (NEYWE) brings together 50 talented high school musicians from New England with college students from the UMass Lowell Department of Music. This is Senior Winds. Use the following link for Junior Winds.

The New England Youth Wind Ensemble is open to high school and home schooled students in grades 9 - 12. This honor's band / wind ensemble provides the region’s finest woodwind, brass and percussion students the opportunity to perform traditional and contemporary repertoire with other like-minded musicians.

If you have performed in junior districts, districts, or the like, this is for you! Each musician is challenged with significant responsibilities and the growth in each individual's musical skills and development is tremendous. Our university band musicians bring their expertise as music mentors and section coaches and perform right alongside our participants.


Weekly rehearsal commitment: Mondays 7:20-9 p.m., January through April.

Junior & Senior Ensemble Concert 2024

Friday April 26, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. at Durgin Concert Hall

  • On April 26, 2024 students should arrive early for warm-up (approx. 6 p.m. or later). Specific Information (concert dress) and exact times are provided at rehearsals.
  • Sound check and a brief rehearsal will follow until 7:05 p.m.
  • Guests may enter the hall after 7:05 p.m. for our 7:30 p.m. concert.

Snow and Inclement Weather, Power Outages:

  • Our snow / inclement weather phone line is 978-934-2121. Rehearsal would be cancelled only if UMass Lowell does not have school.

Listen to WBZ radio (1030 AM) or T.V. channels: 4 (WBZ), 5 (WCVB), 7 (WHDH) or check the university's main website for closing information.

Enrollment and Other Considerations

Lowell Cultural Council Grant 2020

NEYWE was grateful to receive a 2020 grant for Lowell student musicians to participate in NEYWE from The Lowell Cultural Council (LCC), whose mission is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Lowell residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of this community through the re-granting of public monies awarded to the LCC by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). We thank them for their support.

More Information

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact: Director, Deb Huber by email: or phone: 978-934-4133.

Get more information about Symphonic Band Camp

For more information about all the different types of bands and ensembles we have to offer visit the UMass Lowell Bands webpage.