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The Chelmsford All Town Wind Ensemble (ATWE) is a group of approximately 70 enthusiastic volunteer student musicians in grades 5 through 12 from the McCarthy Middle School, Parker Middle School, and Chelmsford High School Band Programs. Its members are dedicated to rehearsing after school hours to play advanced music of high artistic merit.


The CPS Music Department is excited to announce that ATWE has been accepted to perform at the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This was the result of a successful video audition and approved ensemble resume and application. Carnegie Hall is one of the most prestigious venues in the United States, and this will truly be a major life experience for our student musicians.


“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students,” says Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Christina Whittlesey. “Directors Ms. Lacasse and Mr. Wright are the kind of directors who go above and beyond for their students. They are not only teaching music, but are also impacting the lives of the young musicians they work with in a very positive way. We are lucky to have such committed arts faculty in Chelmsford!”


The festival takes place between March 29th and April 1, 2018. Students in the ensemble will prepare a program and perform for a group of clinicians that includes four major United States conductors: Frank Battisti, Craig Kirchhoff, Charles Peltz, and H. Robert Reynolds. The clinicians will then lead a clinic/workshop for ATWE that will allow the students and directors to gain valuable insight and future advice for performances of their program. 

“To receive professional feedback from artists of this caliber while playing on one of the most famous stages in the world is an opportunity many musicians will never experience in a lifetime of work. As directors, we will appreciate every second as we help our students to understand how truly unique all of this is,” states ATWE Co-Director, Sean Wright.


Please email ATWE Directors Allison Lacasse
( or Sean Wright
( for any additional information.