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Wind Ensemble

Director, Lieutenant Patrick Hill
Director, Lieutenant Patrick Hill

Wind Ensemble

The Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble is comprised of 45 professional musicians under the direction of LT Patrick Hill, USN. The ensemble continues the legacy of bandmaster Lieutenant Commander John Philip Sousa, spreading the tradition of military music throughout the Midwest. The Wind Ensemble's repertoire consists of symphonic band works, patriotic music, Americana, and featured solo vocal and instrumental selections. In addition to frequent free and open-to-the-general-public community concerts, this unit performs throughout the Midwestern United States for national holidays and educational programs.


For Performance, the Wind Ensemble requires:

  • 40’ x 50’ clean, dry, level and stable area for performance (Navy Band Great Lakes will not perform in inclement weather or in standing water due to safety concerns for our personnel and potential damage to U.S. government equipment)
  • Outdoor Venues: Three dedicated 120-volt, properly grounded 20-amp circuits on a public power source (no generators) no more than fifty feet from the stage (if an electrical power cord run must be made by the sponsor, it should be with 8 or 10 gauge, 3-conductor, insulated cable and must not contain a ground fault circuit interrupt (GFCI) system)
  • Adequate stage lighting
  • Secure storage area for instrument cases/gear
  • Close proximity parking/unloading for:
    • - Four 15-passenger vans
    • - One 3-ton box truck
    • - One 5-ton box truck
  • Secured/lockable changing rooms for 38 males and 7 females (public restrooms are not permitted as changing rooms)
  • Easy access to clean potable (drinking) water
  • Advertising assistance ahead of performance
  • Map / directions to site
  • Note: Band must have access to the stage approximately 2½ hours before engagement time for set-up and one hour after performance for tear-down
Last updated: November 5th, 2018