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Instrumental Music

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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.

19/20 calendar of events


Friday, 8/30 – Football Game vs. Capistrano Valley, Marching Band

Friday, 9/6 – Football Game vs. South Hills, Marching Band

Friday, 9/27 – Football Game vs. Great Oak (Homecoming), Marching Band

Monday 10/7, Dress Rehearsal, 6-9PM, Advanced Groups Only

Friday, 10/25 – Football Game vs. Dana Hills, Marching Band

Tuesday 10/29, Uzair Qureshi Memorial Concert, All Groups

Friday, 11/1 – Football Game vs. Laguna Hills, Marching Band

Friday, 11/8 (and every Friday thereafter) – potential CIF Playoffs.  We perform home and away

Saturday, 12/14 AM, Time TBD, Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade, Marching Band

Monday 12/9, Dress Rehearsal, Times TBD, All Groups

Tuesday 12/10, Concert, All Groups

Jan 22-25, Musical – Newsies!, Volunteer students

Jan-Feb, TBD – Basketball Games, All winds and percussion

Wednesdays, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 – District Honor Orchestra Rehearsals

Thursday, 2/12 – District Honor Concert

Thursday, 2/20 Area Concert, Adv. Groups. 5PM call, shows at 6 and 7:45

Monday, 2/24 - Dress Rehearsal, 6-9PM, Advanced Groups Only

Monday, 3/2 – Dress Rehearsal, 6-9PM, Advanced Groups Only

Saturday, 3/7 – Festival at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Adv. Groups Only

Monday, 3/16 – Dress Rehearsal, Adv. Groups Only

Tuesday, 3/17 – Concert – All Groups

Tuesday-Thursday, 3/24-2/26 – District Music Festival at SJHHS – All Groups, days/times TBD

April 22-25 – Spring Musical, Titanic, Musical Students

5/26 – Dress Rehearsal, All Groups

5/27 – Concert, All Groups

5/28 – Awards Banquet/Senior Recital – EVERYONE!!!

Patrons of instrumental music at SJHHS

At San Juan Hills, we are proud to support the musical endeavors of young musicians whether they want to pursue music for their career or have music as a significant experience in high school that will continue as amateur performers and patrons of music throughout their life. Your generous support helps us to bring an enhanced curriculum to these students, including the ability to purchase music, maintain instruments that are offered to those who cannot afford them, and to allow a mentorship with professional artists in the area. We appreciate your generosity in supporting the music students at SJHHS.Please Donate

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 visit Uzair's webpage.

Dean McElroy Director of Instrumental Music