The Rockford Wind Ensemble

The Rockford Wind Ensemble
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 15:00

In 2001, a small group of musicians in northern Illinois met to discuss the possibility of forming a new, first-class wind ensemble in the Rockford community. Faced with creating a new ensemble that would enrich the cultural scene and provide challenging opportunities for local musicians, the group had several things to consider.

The Rockford area – the second largest metro-area in Illinois – was already home to several established community bands. The success of a more exclusive ensemble would depend on finding the right mix of talented musicians, securing sponsors, locating a performance venue, and eventually attracting an audience. To the extent that issues could be foreseen, plans were made to address them. The group approached Kevin Jensen, one of the area’s experienced high school directors, to serve as their conductor and the Rockford Wind Ensemble performed its premier concert in the spring of 2002.

Since that first “experimental” concert the RWE has gone on to an annual four-concert season that includes one concert with an all-star high school honor band. Working with the Rockford Park District, the RWE is responsible for the popular summer band concerts at the beautiful Sinnissippi Music Shell. Now in its fifteenth season, the ensemble has performed nearly five hundred pieces in concert. Their performances have included a remarkable range of musical styles. RWE audiences have learned to expect historically significant works, outstanding soloists, world-premieres, as well as popular favorites and concert band standards. Concerts are presented at the newly remodeled Sullivan Theater inside the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford.

There is no reserved seating for Rockford Wind Ensemble concerts. All of the seats at the Nordlof Center are great seats!

Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office immediately prior to each concert, but patrons are encouraged to reserve tickets by calling Rockford Wind Ensemble at 815-227-8550.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. For more information or to discuss group pricing – call 815-227-8550 or e-mail

Rockford Wind Ensemble concerts are family-friendly events, with plenty of convenient parking available.