Winds, Brass, and percussion program


Our Winds, Brass, and Percussion Program 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 instrument workshops and be placed in either Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra. Saxophone and euphonium students will be placed in the Wind Ensemble.

Students will be placed in either Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra based on their placement video submission. At the end of the week, students will showcase their hard work and newly acquired skills in a final concert for family and friends. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take your music to the next level and have a summer to remember!

*Oboe students must acquire a specific set of supplies to participate in the process of crafting their own reeds. On the registration form, oboe students have the option to purchase the consumable supplies (cane, staples) and share equipment at a subsidized price of $50. Alternatively, students can opt to purchase their own supplies from this list.

Interested in jazz and learning how to improvise?

Sign up for our Jazz Intensive Jazz 2 (1:30-3:00pm) before your Wind Ensemble rehearsal! Students who simultaneously participate in the Jazz Intensive will only participate in the Jazz Intensive on Saturday and only the Wind Ensemble on Sunday.

Enhance your summer music experience with ʻUkulele Workshop!

Play ʻukulele with friends before or after your weekday instrument workshop! Your add-on ʻUkulele Workshop runs from either 1:30pm-3:00pm or 3:15pm-4:45pm.

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.
  • Students CAN sign up for both Jazz 2 (beginning/intermediate) and the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Program
  • Students CANNOT sign up for both Jazz 1 (intermediate/advanced) and the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Program

Christopher Smith is the band director at Kapolei Middle School, where he has taught for nine years. At Kapolei Middle, Mr. Smith frequently serves as a mentor teacher to University of Hawaiʻi teacher candidates and most recently established a partnership with Chamber Music Hawaiʻi, bringing performances and masterclass opportunities to Kapolei students. He additionally conducts adult and student ensembles throughout Oʻahu, and has appeared with the Hawaiʻi Symphonic Band, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, Honolulu Wind Ensemble, University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu Band, University of Hawaiʻi Summer Band, and the OBDA Honor Bands. He is regularly sought out as a guest clinician for local middle and high schools. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education. While at UH Mānoa, he toured with the UH Wind Ensemble, performed as winner of the Concerto Competition with the UH Symphony Orchestra, and studied conducting with Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman. He previously completed coursework at the University of Texas at Austin, where he performed with the UT Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin. Mr. Smith is a member of the Oʻahu Band Directors Association.

FluteEllie Rose
OboeAlex Hayashi, Susan Ochi-Onishi
BassoonTommy Morrison
ClarinetRyan Toher
SaxophoneDavid Hirano
HornMarie Lickwar, Markus Osterlund
TrumpetBetsy Bright
Low brassJoseph Nakamoto
PercussionChristopher Cabrera
July 6-14, 2024

At McKinley High School

*Out-of-state students, please book travel outside of July 6-14, 2024 for full participation.


July 6, 7 from 9:00am-3:30pm

July 8-12 from 3:15pm-6:30pm

July 13 Rehearsals from 4:00pm-6:00pm; Instrument Workshop at 6:00pm; Chamber Ensemble Concert

July 14 at 4:30pm Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra Concert

Winds, Brass, and Percussion Program

$ 440
  • 90-minute instrument workshop
  • Individualized Instruction
  • Fun and Safe Learning Environment
PMI 2024 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.