San Jose Wind Symphony — Our Next Concert:


“Music from the Written Word”

Sunday, October 26 at 3:00 PM
McAfee Performing Arts Center
20300 Herriman Avenue, Saratoga, CA

Walter M. Mayes, narrator
Dr. Edward C. Harris, conductor

Composers have long turned to the written word for inspiration. SJWS opens its 57th season with a veritable library of works inspired by books, plays and newspapers, including Franco Cesarini’s Huckleberry Finn Suite, Johan de Meij’s Lord of the Rings Symphony and John Philip Sousa’s Washington Post March. Our guest artist for the afternoon is audience favorite Walter M. Mayes, who will narrate Huck Finn and also W. Francis McBeth's Of Sailors and Whales, inspired by Moby Dick.

Be sure to check out Karen Berry's program notes for this concert.

Please note: you may order one free child ticket (age 12 and under) for each paid adult or senior ticket.

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Photo courtesy of Jimmy Holmes

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Holmes

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Audition to Join SJWS

San Jose Wind Symphony is holding 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.

WASBE 2015

The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles will hold its 2015 Conference next July 12-18 right in our own backyard, San Jose, CA. We're honored to be invited to perform in the beautiful California Theater on July 17, 2015. Stay tuned for to this website for details!


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

"Music for the Holidays"
Featuring: Vivace Youth Choir
Sunday, Dec 14
Silent auction preview: 2:00 PM
Concert: 3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

"Music from America"
Sunday, Feb 8 at 3:00 PM
Featuring: Premiere Sax Quartet
McAfee Center, Saratoga

"Music for Clarinet"
Sunday, Mar 15 at 3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

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

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


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

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