The 2023 Windjammers Winter Convention is shaping up with a performance back with the Sailor Circus on Sunday, January 15 and a concert at the Ringling on Friday, January 13, 2023.

Reserve Your Hotel Room Now

The hotel this year is the Ramada by Wyndham Sarasota Waterfront at 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Yes, we are in Sarasota, not Bradenton to be closer to Ringling and Sailor Circus. The blended rate for the time period before taxes is $129 a night. If you stay Tuesday through Sunday, the blended rate is $133 a night before taxes.

Name: Windjammers
Block Code: 010923WIN
Booking URL: Booking URL
Reservation Number: (941) 203-6439
Check-in: Monday January 9th, 2023
Check-out: Monday January 16
Hotel registration is open now.

General Information

All of the rehearsals and recording sessions, the Saturday Banquet and Sunday Breakfast, and other activities, will be held at the Ramada by Wyndham Sarasota Waterfront, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243.

A portion of your registration fee “buys the house” through a $2,000.00 donation to the Sailor Circus allowing us to play and invite our friends and the community to enjoy this special event.

  • Band: There will be one recording band this year and will form the Center Ring Band for Sunday’s main concert.
  • Two smaller bands: a Circus Band and a Ringling Band will be selected from the registrants at the discretion of the organizers/conductors. In addition, there will be a group of volunteers to play at a brief memorial service at the Manasota Memorial Gardens Saturday afternoon. By registering for the convention, it is assumed you will be available to participate in the activities of the band to which you are assigned. Unfortunately, band assignments cannot be made until we determine who will be attending the Convention.
  • Meals: Two meals will be provided as a part of your registration: the Saturday evening banquet and the Sunday breakfast buffet. Partial Registrations are not available. The Saturday night banquet will be at the Ramada and dress will be casual. There will be a choice of three entrees: (1) Beef (2) Chicken (3) Vegetarian.
  • Dress and Equipment: For the concerts, musicians are to wear a short sleeve white shirt, black slacks, black shoes, black socks, and a long black tie. Members should also bring their instrument, a music stand, wind clips, battery operated stand light, and any other needed accessories.
  • Cancellations: Registration cancellations can be made and fees refunded until December 15, 2022. NO refunds will be issued after December 15, 2022.
  • Membership: You MUST be a 2023 member in good standing to participate in the Recording/Performing Band (this includes the dance band). New member applications and renewal applications are available online with the link below.
  • Further Questions: Contact WJU Convention Coordination Team Chair, Lynette Garlan at or 412-916-8131.

To view the tentative Winter Meet Schedule, please click HERE (version 10-05-22)

Register for the Winter Convention

Use the form below to register up to two playing members at one address and up to two non-playing members (NPMs) or guests. Registration deadline is December 15, 2023.

Registration Fees

You need to be a member in good standing in order to play in the Windjammers bands. If you need to renew your current membership, you can click here. If you are not already a Windjammers member, you can join by clicking here.

As always, your convention sheet music is included with your paid registration. This year your music will be emailed to you with a DropBox PDF link. You will be able to print all your parts at home. After perhaps not playing as often during the pandemic, having the music in advance of the convention will enable you to get in practice time so you will be ready to play on January 16th. If you prefer to have Windjammers print the music for you and pick it up when you arrive, there is a $25.00 fee to offset the labor and printing costs. You can select this option on the registration form at the end.

  • Playing Member $135.00 each
  • Non-Playing Member (NPM) or Guest: $80.00

You can play online with PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account. If you prefer to pay by check, select “pay off-line and make the check payable to “Windjammers Unlimited.” Checks should be mailed to our Windjammers Treasurer:

  • Howard Habenicht, Treasurer
    82 Country Club Drive
    Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1262

Please complete the registration form below and then —-SUBMIT— BEFORE proceeding to PAYMENT information.

Proceed then to the PAYMENT section.  If you have logged on to your WJU account, the name and address will populate the PAYMENT form.


Write your member number above if known, if not enter 0000.
City to display on the Convention Badge
Every effort will be made to give each person their first choice, but it is not guaranteed because of the need to balance instrumentation.
Write Member Number in the space above if known.
Every effort will be made to give each person their first choice, but it is not guaranteed because of the need to balance instrumentation.
If registering for a member write member number above. If you don't know the number write 0000. For a guest, write "guest."
If registering for a member write member number above. If you don't know the number write 0000. For a guest, write "guest."
SUBMIT THIS FORM BEFORE PROCEEDING TO CHECKOUT AND PAYMENT. You will receive a confirmation email. You may need to check your SPAM folder.
Remember you can enter two PLAYING members on the registration form and up to two Non-Playing members/guests. 



Ticket Type Price Spaces
Windjammers Playing Member Registration Fee
for Playing Members, Includes Saturday banquet and Sunday brunch and emailed convention music in PDF format for you to print before the convention.
Non-Playing Member (NPM) Registration Fee
for Non-Playing Members and Guests, Includes Saturday banquet and Sunday brunch
Printing Fee for Paper Copies of Music to be Picked up at Convention
Music will be sent by email through DropBox in PDF format for you to print and rehearse before the convention. Select this ticket if you want a printed copy in Sarasota rather than the included emailed PDF before the convention.

Registration Information

Payment and Confirmation