The Capital City Wind Ensemble

We are a concert band made up of city, county, and other downtown employees and practice on Thursdays 12-1 in the court house basement. Currently, we have more retired members than actively working members so would like to recruit more people. We accept anyone who can play an instrument and there are no auditions to join. In fact, most of us haven’t played for 10+ years before joining. All you need to do is show up to Thursday lunch hour rehearsals and you can join us.

The band is conducted by Roger Grupp (public works) and Mary Livingston (Parks and Rec), both retirees of Saint Paul. We perform 7-10 times a year at various places around the city such as Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse, the St. Paul Winter Carnival, Rice Park, Mears Park, Kellogg Blvd, Landmark center, court house lobby, and nursing homes. Most of these concerts are during the lunch hour 12-1pm so we don’t have to take any time off work.

The Capital City Wind Ensemble was founded by the legendary Max Metzger in 2002. The ensemble consists of City and Ramsey County employees and retirees, plus other Downtown St. Paul and University of Minnesota workers, and a few friends, too.

The CCWE is always looking for new members, find out more at

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