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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 brand 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 Junior Wind Symphony

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!"

Junior Wind Symphony

John Rolland, Director 
Grades 7-8, NYSSMA Level 3+ 
Saturdays, 12:00-2:00 pm
6 weeks only, September 21 - October 26, 2024


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 on October 26 at 7:30 pm. Open to woodwind, brass, and percussion students entering grades 7 and 8 in September 2024.


Fee: $115*, refundable if student is not placed.  (Fee as of Fall 2024.)

To apply for the 2024-25 Junior Wind Symphony, fill out the online application form below.


Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.


Audio Samples from our Junior Wind Symphony

Junior Wind Symphony - Mystic Portal

Junior Wind Symphony - Joie De Vivre

Participation Requirements

Interested students must be capable of working independently and accepting responsibility. All participants will be expected to learn their music thoroughly before the first rehearsal. 

The recommended minimum NYSSMA levels are as follows:
Level 4: piccolo, flute, oboe, alto saxophone, snare drum
Level 3: clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, tenor and baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion (keyboard and timpani)

You may also submit a digital recording of the student’s best playing as a substitute for NYSSMA scores or equivalent repertoire. 

To be considered for first chair placement in a section, please submit a digital recording indicative of the student’s current playing level (maximum length of 10 minutes).