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.

Sr. Bands Instrument Closings:
Alto sax

Final Concert Schedule


  • For students completing grades 8-12.

Application Materials


  • Resident - $700 (tuition, room and board)
  • Commuter - $500 (tuition and lunch only)

More information on tuition

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
Percussion (bands only)

Typical Senior Bands Daily Schedule


Senior Symphonic Band

Stephen PetersonStephen G. Peterson, University of Illinois

Dr. Stephen G. Peterson was appointed Director of Bands at the University of Illinois in the fall of 2015. As Director of Bands, he conducts the Wind Symphony, leads the graduate wind conducting program, teaches courses in wind literature, and guides all aspects of one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most storied band programs. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois he served as Director of Bands at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, for seventeen years. From 1988-1998 he served as Associate Director of Bands at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Peterson was also conductor of the renowned Northshore Concert Band. He held positions as Associate and Interim Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and has several years of successful teaching experience in the public schools in Arizona.

Senior Concert Band

Anthony Messina, University of Illinois

Dr. Anthony M. Messina serves as assistant director of the Marching Illini and assistant director of the Fighting Illini Athletic Bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His responsibilities include assisting with the 375-member Marching Illini, and conducting the Hindsley Symphonic Band, Women’s Basketball Band, and Volleyball Band. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Messina served as visiting associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at Florida Atlantic University where he oversaw all aspects of the athletic band program, including direction of the Marching Owls, Parliament Sound Basketball Band, and conducting the Symphony Band. A proponent of new music and historical perspective, Dr. Messina’s current research endeavors include Leonard B. Smith, the Detroit Concert Band, and their discography. He has given presentations at the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference, and the 2018 International Association for the Research and Promotion of Wind Music (IGEB) Conference.