Membership applications are available for NEW prospective members all upcoming concerts. The concerts are held at Kenan Auditorium (UNCW campus). Roster spots are determined based upon instrumentation needs. Members must attend all five Sunday evening rehearsals consecutive to the concert from 6:00-8:45 p.m. and the dress rehearsal the afternoon of the concert.

To apply, e-mail interest to or call us at 910-777-7598. 

The WILMINGTON SYMPHONIC WINDS is a professional-level concert band that performs the world’s greatest wind band literature under the direction of Dr. John LaCognata.

Current members are selected from the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, United States Marine Band, North Myrtle Beach and Brunswick County (NC) Concert Bands, faculty from the University of North Carolina/Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College and area staff and studio musicians from North and South Carolina.

Be a part of something great!

Please feel free to contact us about membership for the current season.


Dear Wind and Percussion Musicians,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in the inaugural season of the Wilmington Symphonic Winds. It is the goal of the WSW to attract the most talented wind and percussion players in the area who have a desire to perform great concert band literature as a member of a great band. The band’s repertoire will include the very best original compositions for wind band as well as the most outstanding transcriptions of orchestral classics.

It will be my goal, as the musical director, to program challenging music that is attractive to both the performing musicians and well as the audience to whom we present the music. It will also be my goal to maximize the musical potential of the over fifty outstanding musicians and present them an ensemble experience worthy of their commitment. Rehearsal time will be limited and used with great efficiency. The music-making process will operate at a very high level with great attention given to musical details and ensemble cohesion. The end result will be an enjoyable and productive rehearsal process with a very high-quality musical product in concert.

I hope you will join us as we initiate what I hope will become a musical tradition of excellence and enjoyment for the musicians and concert goers of our area.


John P. LaCognata