photo of Carolinas Wind Orchestra before a performance


Carolinas Wind Orchestra

The Carolinas Wind Orchestra (CWO), under the direction of Music Director Dr. Lorrie Crochet, was founded in 1996 by William Malambri, DMA, retired Professor of Music, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.  CWO serves primarily as a community band with local professional and semi-professional musicians, but also as an integral part of Winthrop University’s music program. As such, the CWO provides advanced students majoring in wind and percussion instruments opportunities to rehearse and perform with our high-quality musical ensemble. Each semester, up to eight Winthrop music majors are selected to perform with the CWO and receive academic credit for their participation. The CWO is comprised of approximately 80 players and rehearses weekly under the direction of Dr. Crochet. Two concerts are scheduled each semester with one performed at Winthrop University and one performed at a local high school as a means to provide opportunities for local high school band music programs to perform with the CWO.  These performance opportunities are an integral part of our educational mission.

Tradition and Local Culture

As a true community band, all CWO instrumentalists are volunteers. Members of the ensemble are selected by audition and perform at concerts depending on the required instrumentation for the pieces performed. A majority of the CWO’s members are past and present public school music teachers. Over 75 percent of our players hold advanced college music degrees. Other occupations range from accountants to an airline pilot. The CWO is a not-for-profit South Carolina corporation whose purposes are to:

  • Promote music education through the public performance of concert band music.
  • Provide for the musical growth and expression of its members and provide the means for musicians of advanced proficiency to interact and to perform.
  • Foster an appreciation for concert band music.
  • Perpetuate the community concert band as integral to the traditions of American music.