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SJWS is holding open auditions in September. We're particulary looking for piccolo, horn and percussion players.  Click here for more information.

WASBE 2015

The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles will hold its 2015 Conference next July 12-18 in San Jose, and SJWS will be there! Stay tuned.

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Upcoming Concerts

"Music from the Written Word"
Sunday, Oct 26
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

"Music for the Holidays"
Sunday, Dec 14
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

"Music from America"
Sunday, Feb 8, 2015
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

"Music from a Clarinet Legend"
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

"Music from Around the World"
Sunday, May 17, 2015
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

"Fantastic Fourth"
Saturday, July 4, 2015
1:15 PM
TBA, Los Gatos

Audience Reviews
“The selections were infectious and joyous, and the performance of this wind orchestra were flawless and enthusiastic.”
– Dave from San Carlos.

“The music was great and the conductor was very personable and entertaining. This had appeal for all ages.”
– Jamie from Soquel

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SJWS Holding Open Auditions in September

San Jose Wind Symphony will hold open auditions for interested woodwind, brass and percussion players in September 2014. We are especially looking for accomplished horn and piccolo players, as well as percussionists who are proficient on a variety of percussion instruments. Auditions are scheduled by appointment only. Click here for more information.

Thank You, Jan!

Photo by Jimmy HolmesJan Turnage, executive director and principal piccolo player of the San Jose Wind Symphony, is retiring from the band this month after 24 years of dedicated service. Jan and her husband, Doug, are moving to Arizona to be closer to their grandchildren.

In appreciation of her essential role in the success of SJWS, Jan was honored at our recent Fourth of July concert in Los Gatos. SJWS board president Caroline McIntyre presented Jan with a number of gifts and mementos, including a hand-carved music stand with the inscription: “Presented to Jan Turnage, Executive Director. For your leadership, passion, dedication, and musicianship.”

“Not only has Jan played brilliant piccolo with SJWS for 24 years,” said President McIntyre, “ but she has served tirelessly as the executive director, wearing a multitude of hats — from marketing, to personnel, to coordinating with soloists, coordinating with the venues where we rehearse and perform, and serving as an ambassador of the group at music conferences and events. Jan has graciously and cheerfully served as a volunteer to help make sure things run seamlessly for the group and our audiences.

“While we are sad that you are leaving the area, we are blessed to have had the opportunity to know you, and we are forever grateful for everything you have done for SJWS.”

We wish Jan and Doug all the best as they begin this new chapter in their lives. We are certain that Jan will find a new band in Arizona that will appreciate all of her many talents. We look forward to the time when she can come back and visit her old friends in SJWS, and tell us all about it!

Many Thanks To All

Thanks for a Successful 2013-2014 Season!

We just wrapped up our 56th concert season with a fantastic Fourth of July performance at Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos. We really liked the new venue and we hope you did, too!

We're already busy at work preparing next year's concert series — the dates are listed on the right. We'll have more information as soon as it's available. In the meantime, we'd like to thank the many people who helped make the past year our most successful season ever. So thanks to all of our hard-working volunteers and friends, our corporate sponsors and individual contributors, and a special thanks to our music and artistic director, Dr. Edward C. Harris.

See you next season!

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Watch SJWS at the Midwest Clinic

One of the highlights of our 2009-2010 season was our trip to the 2009 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, culminating in our performance at McCormick Place West on December 18, 2009.

The Midwest folks have been kind enough to publish these three selections from our performance:

Carnival, by Paul Basler

Hold This Boy and Listen, by Carter Pann

Centennial Fanfare-March, by Roger Nixon