Millbrook High School

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is the advanced level, performance based ensemble at Millbrook High School. It is intended for dedicated and accomplished wind musicians and percussionists who are looking to advance to the next level. Emphasis is placed on performance, individual tone production, technical development and sight-reading, as well as ensemble balance, blend, intonation, and aesthetic musical growth. Students will learn these skills through a focus on tone building and technical exercises and the performance of literature.


October 17: Fall Concert
December 14: Winter Concert
Feb 22: MPA Preview Concert
May 16: Spring Concert

Concerts are free and open to all, donations are appreciated.

Important Dates

December 7-9: UNCW Honor Band Clinic/Optional
January 6: All District Band Auditions
January 13: All District Band Snow Date
January 26-27: All District Band Clinic Required only if selected*
February 16-17: USC Band Clinic Performance
February 20: Jazz Cafe & Chamber Night/Optional
February 22-24: UNCG Honor Band Clinic/Optional
March 2: All-State Auditions/Required if eligible*
March 19: MPA
March 20-24: Music for All “National Concert Band Festival”
April 26-28: All-State Band Clinic
June 6: Graduation Performance at Raleigh Convention Center

Highlights and Awards

In the last few years under the direction of Avery Payne, Millbrook’s Wind Ensemble has continued to grow and excel musically. Some of our recent highlights include 2023 Winner of the Presidents Cup High School Band Concert Grand Festival and being the featured performing ensemble at the 2022 North Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. The 2023-2024 season brings more exciting opportunities including being invited to perform at the 2024 Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN and at the 2024 University of South Carolina Band Clinic Performance in Columbia, SC. The past 11 years, the Wind Ensemble has received Superior Ratings at North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication at the Grade VI and Masterworks Level. Our musicians have been awarded music scholarships from these colleges and universities: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Florida State University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Temple University, University of North Carolina, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and University of North Texas.

MHS Wind Ensemble: The Free Lance March on 3/23/2022

Video Credit: David Uy

MHS Wind Ensemble: From Every Horizon on 3/23/2022

Video Credit: David Uy