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Instrumental Music

SJHHS Pit Orchestra Wins Orchestra of the Year

Congratulatons to the orchestra. 59 members participated in the production of  Les Miserables, and they took the JRAY Orchestra of the Year award. They were  judged with high schools throughout OC, LA, and the IE

Performing Arts Conservatory

For students whishing to pursue instrumental music at a more rigorous level to best prepare them for a career in music, please consider our performing arts conservatory.  Please read the following documents for more information

Instrumental Music

Courses Offered In Instrumental Music

Concert Band - Concert Band is the core band at SJHHS.  We perform a variety of literature at concerts and festivals throughout the year and develop musicianship at the highest level.  This course is open to wind and percussion students of all levels.

Wind Ensemble - Wind Ensemble is the advanced band.  It is open by audition only.

String Ensemble - String Ensemble is the core string class at SJHHS.  We perform a variety of literature at concerts and festivals throughout the year and develop musicianship at the highest level. This course is open to all string studetns of all levels.

Chamber Orchestra - Chamber Orchestra is the advanced string orchestra.  It is open by audition only.

Marching Band - This band performs pep tunes at football band basketball games during the Fall semester, and performs a halftime show.  Students receive PE credit for being a part of this group.

Drumline - Drumline meets with the marching band during the fall, and continues to work on percussion only literature in the Spring.  Drumline receives PE credit for the fall semester, and they perform percussion literature at concerts in the Spring.

Pit Orchestra - Students have the opportunity to audition for the pit orchestra for the Spring Musical.  This class meets in the evenings during 2nd semester, and is a unique experience that is special to SJHHS because of our orchestra pit in our theater

For more information about any of these groups, please visit Dean McElroy's (director of instrumental music) home page.

Instrumental Music Conservatory Documents

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Summer Rehearsals

Summer Maintenance 6/28-8/2

These rehearsals are for all band and percussion students - NOT JUST MARCHING BAND.  All students are expected to attend these rehearsals to keep their skills up through the summer. It is OK to miss for family vacations with notice to Mr. McElroy

All Percussion Students, TH 6-8 (will move to 4-8 when our music comes in - TBA.  just come at 6 for now)

All Wind Students, TH 6-8


Mandatory Summer Marching Band Rehearsals

We are putting the show together during this time, so all marching band members are expected to attend all of these dates

August 13-17, 5-9PM


Please email Mr. McElroy at drmcelroy@capousd.org if you are an incoming Freshman.  We do not have everyone's contact information, so please introduce yourself and follow us on instagram #sjhhsmusic

I'm new and want to know what to sign up for. Help me!

Please follow the link here to read the email that was sent to 8th graders regarding band, orchestra, marching band, auditions for advanced groups, summer rehearsals, etc.




Audition Information

All incoming band students will be placed in concert band, and all incoming string students will be placed in string ensemble.  We have an advanced band and an intermediate AND advanced orchestra.  If you are interested in any of these groups, please sign up for the Google Classroom associated with your instrument and follow the directions.  You will need to submit a video by 5/25.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. McElroy at drmcelroy@capousd.org.

Google Classroom codes

Wind Ensemble (winds and percussion): veo1k3

Intermediate/Advanced orchestra (strings): c04d1m

Uzair Qureshi Memorial Scholarship Fund

In honor our dear friend, Uzair Qureshi, a member of our orchestra who tragically passed away after a brave fight with cancer in 2015, we have developed a scholarship in his name to honor students who represent the courage and passion for life that Uzair did.  Please click here to visit Uzair's webpage.

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