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About Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony is the premier concert ensemble at San Marcos High School. Musical repertoire consists of advanced high school, collegiate, and professional level literature.  The Wind Symphony is an audition-based ensemble that performs regularly in concerts and festivals throughout Southern California and has earned a national reputation for musical excellence.  In 2019, the Wind Ensemble was accepted to and performed at the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Over the years, the Wind Symphony has worked with many internationally recognized and award winning conductors and composers including Samuel R. Hazo, David Gillingham, Aaron Perrine, Anthony Maiello, and Col. Lowell E. Graham.
Past Repertoire
  • Wild Goose (Ryan George)
  • Firefly (Ryan George)
  • Hymn to the Sun with beat of Mother Earth (Satoshi Yagisawa)
  • Only Light (Aaron Perrine)
  • Awayday (Adam Gorb)
  • Molly on the Shore (Percy Aldridge Grainger)
  • Rocky Point Holiday (Ron Nelson)
  • Aspen Jubilee (Ron Nelson)
  • Harrison’s Dream (Peter Graham)
  • Angels in the Architecture (Frank Tichelli)
  • Baron Cimetiere’s Mambo (Donald Grantham)

My experiences as an adjudicator and guest conductor have taken me all over our country. I’ve judged state championships for concert band in numerous states such as Massachusetts, Colorado, and Oregon and I have been going to Midwest since 1989. I can honestly say that the San Marcos High School Wind Symphony is among the finest high school bands that I’ve ever heard.

Gary P. GilroyProfessor of Music - Fresno State University

I had the opportunity to witness the expertise and passion for music that exists in this program… (they) represent the best teaching and performance in the great state of California.

Lowell E. GrahamDirector of Orchestral Activities
Professor of Conducting The University of Texas at El Paso
Vice President: American Bandmasters Association
President and CEO: John Philip Sousa Foundation

Wind Symphony News

In March (2019), the San Marcos High School Wind Symphony will be performing at the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Wind Symphony is one of only 12 chosen from across the nation this year to perform as a premier ensemble at the festival, moving our concert program onto the national stage for the first time. Our Percussion Ensemble will also be performing at the Music for All National Percussion Festival, making their sixth appearance.