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Welcome from the Junior Wind Symphony Director

Welcome to the Junior Wind Symphony page of The Hochstein School! I hope that you will take a moment to read about the band program and other offerings from Hochstein. 

The Junior Wind Symphony (JWS) is open to advanced wind, percussion, and brass players in grades 7 & 8 who wish to broaden their wind band experience. The ensemble meets on Saturdays from 12:00-2:00 pm  and concludes with an evening concert in the Performance Hall. JWS performs level III and IV band repertoire and recently gave the regional premiere of a band new work for concert band. 

Please feel free to stop by a rehearsal or contact me if you have any questions about the Junior Wind Symphony or Hochstein programs in general.

John Rolland, Director of Bands

Please feel free to contact me at: John.Rolland@Hochstein.org

Click here for online bio.

"I just wanted to congratulate Mr. Rolland and the Junior Wind Symphony on an outstanding concert this past Saturday evening - I loved his selections and I know my former flute student thoroughly enjoyed participating in the symphony.  It was a fantastic experience for her, and a challenge outside of school band she really needed.  Thank you for providing opportunities like this for students in the community who benefit greatly!"

2020-21 Junior Winds

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertain circumstances that we may face as we return to school in September 2020, we have decided to reschedule the Junior Wind Symphony from the first six weeks of school in September and October to the following dates in March and April 2021.

  • March 13, 20, & 27, 2021
  • April 3 will be Easter and Spring Break - no rehearsal
  • April 10, 17, & 24, 2021
  • The concert will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:30 in the Performance Hall.

We hope the new dates will ensure a more secure return to the stage for the Junior Wind Symphony. Students will not be expected to apply until sometime in the fall. There will be further communication well ahead of the new deadline.

- Diane Smith, Ensembles Coordinator

Junior Wind Symphony

John Rolland, Director 

Grades 7-8, NYSSMA Level 3+ 


Sadly, this ensemble has been cancelled for this school year because of the pandemic. 


An opportunity for motivated junior high students to broaden their wind band experience. The program includes an intensive 6-week rehearsal schedule, followed by a final concert. Open to woodwind, brass, and percussion students entering grades 7 and 8 in September of 2020.


Please note the date changes (info to the left). The application for Junior Wind Symphony will be available in September 2020. 


Fee: $90*, refundable if student is not placed. (Fees are as of Fall 2020)


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Audio Samples from our Junior Wind Symphony

Junior Wind Symphony - Mystic Portal

Junior Wind Symphony - Joie De Vivre