PSHS Music Contact Information

Brian Ingelson

Marching Band / Jazz Band Director

Telephone: 760-409-6531 • Email:

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Dr. Jason Powell

Director of Strings

Telephone: 760-880-2962 • Email:

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Jazz Band
Marching Band
Symphonic Orchestra

The Palm Springs Jazz Band provides a journey to the golden days of swing and Big Band in Palm Springs. This group performs at charity and community events, country clubs, private functions, conventions, trade shows, and dances. The band has performed twice at the NAMM trade show in Anaheim, North America’s largest music trade show featuring over 1500 music related vendors and performers. They have also performed for and with  Barry Manilow, Suzanne Somers, Monty Hall, Carol Channing, Max Weinberg and have opened for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Stan Kenton Alumni Band, Ted Hermann Band, and many more  The group has also been seen on Entertainment Tonight, the BBC, CCTV, TMZ, and in 2011 were featured in an award winning documentary with trumpet virtuoso Chris Botti entitled “Sing, Sing, Sing!”. More than eighty percent of the band members are on the school honor role and one hundred percent of the group’s graduating seniors  qualify for colleges or university

The Spirit of the Sands Marching Band is a high energy full marching unit with more than one hundred and eighty members. From parades to the football stadium, from Concert Halls to Rugby matches in South Africa, from London New Year’s Parade in England, to villages of the Italian Alps,  to the Olympic Parade in Beijing, China, this group always puts on a show that entertains and keeps everyone in the action!

The Palm Springs High School Symphonic Orchestra is a huge success in their home town of Palm Springs as well as throughout the entire the Coachella Valley. This group is currently in their 8th year after having been removed back in the early 1980's. As the only public high school orchestra in the Coachella Valley, this group performs standard classical literature as well as popular pieces, movie scores, jazz standards, folk songs, and festival works. Over the past six years, this group averages an amazing fifteen performances a year and performs around twenty pieces of music a year. This group is also proud to be part of starting several elementary school feeder programs in the local valley as well as the Palm Springs High School's Valley Strings Community Orchestra.