About the Book
A group called the MWS,
Turned out lim’ricks so fine that I’d guess
Some have used practice time
To craft rhythm and rhyme,
Although none ever dared to confess.
–Lewis Buckley, Editor
In the spring of 2008 we began a limerick contest among our members, the subject of the limericks being the various instruments in the concert band. We approached the project in score order (high to low woodwinds, high to low brasses, and percussion), and it was a running joke that no one was allowed to use their personal practice time to write limericks, hence the subject of the above rhyme.
Although we began this more for fun than any other reason, it turns out that the MWS members have a real flair for limericks; these rhymes were good! So we decided to put them together into a book, with the hope that it would become an effective fundraiser in a time when many funding sources for the arts have dried up.
Founded by Jerry Gardner in 1971, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. The MWS comprises over 70 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists who audition for membership and seating. It makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the Greater Boston community by providing its audiences with high quality concerts and its members with opportunities for musical growth. The MWS presents formal performances of traditional and contemporary wind band literature, as well as more informal pops concerts throughout the metropolitan Boston area. Members rehearse Wednesdays from September through June, traveling from more than 30 communities in Massachusetts and neighboring states. All volunteers, they also pursue careers as varied as education, engineering, computer science, medicine, law, music, and public health.