The Wind Ensemble is an advanced music class, and students may earn weighted credit by enrolling in IB Music Appreciation. Students in Wind Ensemble receive exercises and assignments that will allow them to increase their technical abilities and theoretical knowledge. A year in Wind Ensemble satisfies the Fine Arts graduation requirement for CUSD and the University of California.
Members of the Wind Ensemble also participate in the Marching Band, Jazz 1, the spring musical, CBDA All State bands, and the SCSBOA All Southern Band and Orchestra honor groups. Members contribute to the wind sections of the La Primavera Orchestra and the Pacific Youth Symphony Orchestras as well as the SCHS Symphony Orchestra.
Emphasis is placed on advanced instrumental technique, advanced musicianship, and development of advanced ensemble rehearsal skills. Literature is selected from advanced high school and college level music. The IB Music Appreciation content is also covered in class. The IB performance component and public performances make the wind ensemble a rigorous class, and pieces are prepared to performance level in a six week sequence. Private lessons are recommended for all members.
The San Clemente Wind Ensemble has a long tradition of musical excellence, demonstrated though numerous years of superior rated SCSBOA festival performances. The Wind Ensemble was awarded a unanimous superior rating at the CUSD Concert Festival in April 2006 and 2007. Members of this class also performed in New York City, receiving a Gold Award and the “National High School Instrumental Music Department Sweepstakes” at the High School New York City Heritage Festival.