Honors Wind Ensemble



SJSU Honors Wind Ensembles 2019 


Click here for the nomination form


We are once again hosting the SJSU Honors Wind Ensembles for high school students in September.

For 2019, we will be splitting into two separate bands!  One, will be the Wind Ensemble, will be limited to one on a part and conducted by SJSU Director of Bands, Dr. David Vickerman. While the other will be the Wind Symphony with multiple students on each part and conducted by SJSU Assistant Director of Bands, Dr. Craig McKenzie.

Both ensembles are created through your recommendations. After reviewing nominations, the selected students will come for an afternoon and evening rehearsal day (Sunday, September 15), followed by a dress rehearsal and concert one week later (Sunday, September 22).

The Honors Wind Ensembles will include at least one musician from each school/studio that fills out a nomination form, but band directors are encouraged to nominate as many students as they want as long as they feel confident that students can rehearse and perform at a high level. (Private studio teachers are guaranteed at least one student will be accepted as long as they nominate AT LEAST 3 students.) Selected students will pay a $50 fee for both days, which includes a commemorative T-Shirt, lunch and dinner on the first day, pizza on the concert day and all the music activities.



How to Nominate

  1. Verify that the students you want to nominate can commit to both days before nominating them.
  2. Click here and fill out a nomination form. This form is only to be filled out by band directors or studio teachers, not by students. Currently, there is no restriction on the number of students you may nominate. Just FYI: You will need the following information for the nominations:
    • Student Email and Contact Phone Number (mobile/cell preferred)
      • PLEASE double/triple check the emails for the students. This will be our primary method of communication and we want to make sure they don't miss anything!
    • Student Interest
      • Click Here for an optional form you can print to gather information about your students' interest. It is not required to have this info, but is helpful in our decision-making process.


*We ask that any student who expresses interest keep his/her schedule open in case they are selected. Students will be notified as soon as possible so that he/she can make plans ahead of time. The schedule is subject ot change, but it is not likely.






Getting Here


If you are planning on parking, use the South Garage (7th Street Garage)  



The closest parking garage to the School of Music is the 7th Street (South) Parking Garage.  The entrance to the garage is located at 7th Street and San Salvador.  To pay for parking you will need the ParkMobile App now: http://www.sjsu.edu/parking/permits/virtual_permit/parkmobile/index.html


Getting to the Music Building

The Music Building (MUS) is located in between the Event Center (EC) and the Student Union (SU).  Once you arrive, the registration table is located in the main lobby.



At the registration table they will:

  • Check to see if you have paid your registration fee.  If you haven’t paid online yet, you will need to bring a check, cash or credit card to the registration.  Checks should made out to SJSU Bursar's Office.
  • Collect your PHOTO RELEASE FORM if you didn’t upload it into the registration. This needs to be signed by your parent/guardian if you are under 18, so make sure you have it signed BEFORE YOU GET HERE.

They will also give you:

  • a map of campus
  • a schedule for the day
  • your T-shirt (remember which size you ordered)
  • other goodies!

Once you have registered, move to your assigned room for seating auditions.


Seating Auditions

Check the schedule HERE to find out when you should register and when your auditions begin.  You will be assigned a time at registration. Audition slots are only FIVE MINUTES long, so be ready to go at the right room before your time! 


Pickup at the end of the day

If you are being dropped off, please make sure you have plans to be picked up on time!


Concert Dress on Concert Day:

Wear whatever you wear for your high school concert ensemble.  If you don't have access to that, you can choose one of the options below:

  • Option 1: Black blouse or white dress top, 3⁄4 sleeve length or longer. Full-length black skirt or full cut loose-fitting slacks. Black dress shoes, and black hosiery.
  • Option 2: White or black button down shirt, Black jacket, Black dress shoes, black socks and black tie.


OTHER EVENTS at SJSU Music you might be interested in:

  1. Be a Music Major for a Day - The School of Music and Dance offers interested high school and transfer students a look at a day in the life of an SJSU Music major. For a full day, students are guided through the many classes offered in the music program, and are able to sit in on theory classes, tour the campus, and see performances by SJSU ensembles. This year's Be a Music Major for a Day will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 and Wednesday, October 16, 2019. 
  2. Summer in the City Camp - The Summer in the City Camp at San José State University was established in 2007 to offer junior high and high school students a week of musical immersion and social interaction with one another. Young musicians have the opportunity to work with instructors from San José State University School of Music and Dance as well as renowned musicians from across the country. Senior camp this year will be from June 21-27.


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