Senior High Bands
July 5 - 11

For students completing grades 8 - 12

Designed for senior high students who play wind, brass and percussion instruments, the primary focus of this program is developing the finest wind ensemble experience and individual artistry as a member of either the ISYM Senior Symphonic or Concert band. Participants will perform a wide range of challenging band music ranging from the repertoire’s cornerstone works to recently released composition. Classes include full ensemble and sectional rehearsals, masterclasses, and elective courses. A small number of brass, woodwind and percussion players who place highest in auditions and indicate interest will be selected to perform exclusively in the Senior Orchestra during their camp experience.


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Audition Requirements

On opening Sunday, students will have a brief audition to determine placement within large ensembles. Some wind players will also be placed in the Senior Orchestra based on this audition. Audition material varies by program and may include sight-reading.

Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Bari Sax

French Horn
Bass Trombone
Tenor Trombone
Baritone Treble Clef
Baritone Bass Clef

Typical Senior Bands Daily Schedule

Conductors for 2020

Senior Symphonic Band

Dr. Jeananne Nichols, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


NicholsJeananne Nichols, Associate Professor of Music Education, was appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2011.  She teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental methods and graduate courses in research, current issues in music education, and advanced wind band pedagogy.

Drawing upon narrative inquiry and other qualitative research designs, Dr. Nichols’ research highlights the lived experiences of persons whose voices may otherwise be muted in the prevailing discourses of music and music education.  Her specific projects include participatory music experiences with incarcerated youth, the United States Air Force WAF Band, and the experiences of LGBT students in school music.  Dr. Nichols’ work has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, The Music Educator’s Journal, The Mountain Lake Reader, and The International Journal of Education and the Arts.  She is a member of the Research Studies in Music Education editorial board and has served as guest editor for two issues of the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education.

Dr. Nichols has been invited to present keynote addresses for Nacional Educación Artística in Copiapó, Chile and Kunstfag mot verden, hosted by the Center for Arts, Communication and Culture at Bergen University College in Bergen, Norway.  She has presented her research throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, China, France, Greece, Norway, and the United Kingdom.  In May 2016, she hosted the Fifth International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Illinois, Dr. Nichols was Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan where she conducted the Olivet College Wind Ensemble, directed the pep band, and taught music education courses and conducting. She served as conductor of the Cereal City Concert Band from 2010-2011.  A school music educator for many years, Dr. Nichols taught middle and high school band in the Tattnall County schools in Georgia and the Roane County schools in Tennessee. In 1994, she founded the Knoxville Youth Concert Band, a pioneering effort to provide instrumental music education to home schooled students in the East Tennessee region.

Dr. Nichols maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of bands.  She is regularly invited to conduct the Illinois Summer Youth Music Junior Symphonic or Senior Concert Bands.  Illinois Bands has welcomed Dr. Nichols as guest conductor of the Hindsley Concert Band and the Illinois Summer Band.  Since 2010, Dr. Nichols has directed the Marshall Rotary Band in Marshall, MI for a concert as a part of their regular summer series. 

Senior Concert Band

Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, O'Fallon Township High School


Melissa Gustafson-Hinds is originally from Monmouth, Illinois. Melissa attended Illinois State University, earning a Bachelor's in music education. While at ISU, she played oboe and English horn in the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, and Chamber Winds. In addition, Melissa was a drum major for the "Big Red Marching Machine" for five consecutive years.

Melissa taught for four years for Unit 5 Schools in Normal, Illinois, where she instructed all levels of instrumental music. During this time, she earned her Masters in Music Education at the University of Illinois.Her next teaching position was at Belleville Township High School - West, where she instructed Chorus, Concert Band, Instrumental Music, and Marching Band.

From 2001-2003, Melissa was the music director at Centralia High School, in Centralia, Illinois, where she instructed Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, The Marching Showcase, Centralia Winterguard, Flute Choir, Jazz Band, and Pep Band. In 2002, Melissa earned her Type 75-General Administrative Endorsement from SIUE. From 2003-2008, Melissa was the band director at Collinsville High School, instructing the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Flute Choir.

Currently, Melissa is the band director at O'Fallon Township High School and is looking forward to many years of providing excellent music education to the band students of OTHS.  In 2010, she earned her Doctorate in Teaching and Learning, emphasis in Music Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis.  She is also helping to create the O'Fallon United Community Music School to provide music education to the 5th-8th grade students of O'Fallon District 90.