About the Ensemble

The Naperville Winds comprises talented musicians from across Chicagoland and beyond. It is the ensemble’s mission to promote, through programming and commissioning, the very best wind band repertoire from a diverse array of styles, time periods, and composers. Membership is open to all players standard of wind band instruments, including Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet in E flat, Clarinet in B flat, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Horn, Trumpet in B flat, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Piano, Organ, Double Bass, and Harp.

Our Mission Statement

The Naperville Winds’ mission is to serve as a national pillar of exemplary wind band performance and as a community leader of musical literature awareness and education for youth in northern Illinois. Our vision is to bring the most outstanding works of wind band repertory to the mainstream. We maintain the highest musical integrity standards and expectations to foster a culture of excellence among our musician-members. We are committed to providing robust educational experiences and opportunities for youth in the Chicagoland region by sharing our stage with high school bands, particularly those that represent socioeconomically marginalized communities.

The Naperville Winds, which is composed of members 18 years of age and older, rehearses each Thursday from late August to late April, 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the North Central College Fine Arts Center/Wentz Concert Hall (171 East Chicago Avenue Naperville, Illinois. 60540). The ensemble performs three to four concerts per season, produces professional recordings of the season’s repertoire, and serves as the keynote ensemble at major events in the area.

Other than the posted open positions, all auditions are closed for the current season. Please check back frequently for additional information.

Music Director/Conductor
Dr. Sean Kelley, Associate Professor of Music/Associate Director of Bands, North Central College

Advisory Board
Ms. Meghan Kats, Instrumental Music Teacher, Somonauk School District 432
Dr. Sean Kelley, Associate Professor of Music, North Central College
Mr. Steve Klaus, Manager of Volunteer Services, Advent Health Bolingbrook/Glendale Heights, General Manager, Wheaton Municipal Band
Mr. James Osborne, Instrumental Music Teacher, Elgin Area School District U-46

Board of Officers
Public Relations Chair: Melissa Hickok (clarinet)
Secretary: Barb Holland (flute)
Treasurer: Nate Dickman (Trumpet)
Logistics Chair: Rudi Schwerdle (Trombone)
Fundraising Chair: Crystal Szewczyk (Flute)
Band Representatives: Claudia Andrews (Horn), Melissa Hickok (Clarinet), Ken Kelly (Clarinet)

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