Wind Ensemble


Our Wind Ensemble offers students of intermediate/advanced levels the opportunity to improve their musical skills and technique while having fun and making new friends. Led by experienced and dedicated faculty, students will receive daily 90-minute instrument workshops and band rehearsals conducted by Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Adam Kehl. 

Based on the placement video, students may also be selected to perform in our Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Joseph Stepec. Selected students would not have to pay an additional tuition fee for orchestra.

At the end of the session, campers will showcase their hard work and newly acquired skills at two concerts for family and friends. The first performance is a chamber ensemble concert featuring every instrument group (e.g. flute, saxophone, percussion, etc). On the last day, the full Wind Ensemble will perform alongside our other large ensembles like Symphony Orchestra. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take your music to the next level and have a summer to remember! Sign up for our summer band camp today!

Interested in jazz? Sign up for our Jazz Intensive as well! Jazz rehearsals occur before Wind Ensemble rehearsals.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible instruments include flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinets, saxophones, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.

Students entering 8th grade up until 1st year college. 19 and under.

Ideal candidates have at least 2 years of experience on their instrument.

2023 Faculty

PMI Wind Ensemble conductor Dr. Adam Kehl serves as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where he conducts the symphonic band and concert band, directs the Rainbow Warrior Marching Band, and teaches courses in music education. He previously served as Director of Bands at Elon University in Elon, NC, conducting the wind ensemble and chamber winds, directing the marching and basketball bands, teaching courses in music education and advising undergraduate research projects

InstrumentFacultyClinic Time
fluteEllie Rose4:30-6:00PM
oboeAlex Hayashi, Susan Ochi-Onishi4:30-6:00PM
bassoonTommy Morrison4:30-6:00PM
clarinetMelanie Yukumoto4:30-6:00PM
saxophoneDavid Hirano4:30-6:00PM
hornMarie Lickwar4:30-6:00PM
trumpetCasey Tamanaha4:30-6:00PM
low brassJoseph Nakamoto4:30-6:00PM
percussionChristopher Cabrera4:30-6:00PM

*oboe students may need to additionally purchase reed-making supplies

2024 Information Coming Soon

July 8-16, 2023 at McKinley High School

*Out-of-state students, please book travel outside of July 8-16,2023 for full participation

Details subject to change for 2024. Please sign up for emails to be notified when 2024 information is available.

Wind Ensemble

$ 400
  • 90-minute instrument workshop
  • Individualized Instruction
  • Fun and Safe Learning Environment
2023 Placement Video Excerpts

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – flute

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – oboe

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – bassoon

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – clarinet

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – saxophones

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – trumpet

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – horn

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – trombone/euphonium

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – tuba

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – percussion

*If excerpt is too difficult, you may play at a slower tempo


After registering, you will receive a placement video submission link. The purpose of the placement video is to help us determine which ensemble is the best fit for you. When recording, please make sure your face and instrument is clearly visible. High fidelity audio/video quality is not necessary.  While this is NOT an audition, students may not be accepted if they don’t meet the general performance expectations.


Applicants Exempt from Placement Video

  1. Members of the 2022-23 Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Youth Symphony I (YSI).
  2. Members of the 2022-23 Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Concert Orchestra (CO) OR Youth Symphony II (YSII) who are going to be re-auditioning for the 2023-2024 season. Your Symphony Program Audition will be used for PMI placement.
  3. New students who are auditioning into 2023-24 HYS programs (CO, YSII, YSI). Your Symphony Program Audition will be used for PMI placement.
  4. Ukulele Workshop and PMI Middle School All-State Band Participants