Davenport/Bettendorf/Rock Island/Molene
July 16-21, 2024

(Hotel room registration is open but WJU event registration is not yet open)

Plan now to attend the 2024 Windjammers summer convention, dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and performance of traditional circus music as it was heard under the big top during the golden years of the traveling extravaganzas.

Windjammers from across the country will gather in the Iowa-Illinois Quad Cities to read through the challenging and exciting music that accompanied jugglers, trapeze artists, clowns, and elephants.  Here are the special features of this year’s event:

  • The Windjammer Band will read through unpublished marches by J.J. Richards, Russell Alexander, Fred Jewell, and Hale Vandercook. (And yes, they are GOOD!) Also, Iowa and Illinois circus composers will be highlighted.
Windjammers United Concert Band, Baraboo, WI
  • Clinicians will include Andy Glover, President of the C.L. Barnhouse Company, and Nancy Olson, Curator of the Karl King Library. Directors from around the nation will demonstrate how circus music can motivate and inspire young musicians.
  • The Windjammer Band will combine with local Quad Cities bands to present monster circus concerts on Thursday and Friday evenings of that week! This will culminate in a Saturday morning, multi-media Young Peoples Concert at Davenport’s famous Adler Theater.
Adler Theater

Regional band directors are invited to sit in with the Windjammer Band for the entire week with no registration fee required! Iowa license renewal credit is available for Iowa educators for just $35. Additionally, advanced high school and college band students are invited to sit in with the Windjammer Band for the Saturday morning Young People’s Concert. (There will be a rehearsal the preceding Friday afternoon.) The registration fee for each student is $10 in advance.

Windjammers members may register below when registration opens. Iowa educators who need more information about credits should contact convention chairperson Jay Kahn at

Adler Theater

Hotel reservations should be made directly with the hotel.  Us the special weblink   below for the special Windjammers convention rate.

Wyndham Hotel link For WJU Room Reservations

The official hotel is the Wyndham at John Deere Commons, 1415 River Drive, Moline, Illinois 61265. It is a beautiful setting right on the Mississippi River. It is three blocks away from I-74, and just 5-10 minutes away from the Moline International Airport. A city bus leaves from the airport every half hour and arrives at the bus depot across from the Wyndham a half hour later. The cost is $1 one way. Our rehearsal and recording sessions will be next door at the Vibrant Arena Conference Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL 61265.

The block is ‘live’ and ready for reservations. The link below is specifically for Windjammers Unlimited and will work up until the room release date of June 24th. Group rates are not guaranteed after the room release date.  WyndhamWJU Reservation Link

Wyndham Hotel
Wyndham Hotel
Vibrant Arena Conference Center,
Vibrant Arena Conference Center,





















Quad Cities Area Attractions

Rock Island Arsenal
Bix Beiderbecke Museum

Online Convention Registration is not yet open.
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  • To play in the Windjammer Band you must be a member in good standing at the time of the meet. Dues should be paid separately from convention registration.
  • Bring a music stand!
  • The registration fee includes the Saturday night banquet (do not forget to make a meal choice), and the Sunday buffet breakfast.
  • We are not able to do partial registrations or walk-ins because our catering requires weeks of notice.
  • We need to receive your registration by mail or online by the deadline: June 16, 2024.
  • Refunds are not available after June 16, 2024.
  • If you are renewing your membership by check, please pay with a separate check, made payable to Windjammers Unlimited and mailed to Henry Arkin, 5634 South Harper, Chicago, IL 60637. Remember, you can also renew and pay online.
  • The uniform for all performances is white dress shirt or blouse (long or short sleeve), black trousers or skirt, black shoes, black socks. No tie.
  • Meet Questions? Contact Jay Kahn at
  • You may register online using the form which will be below when registration opens.  If you prefer to register by mail, download the form and mail it with your check to Henry Arkin, 5634 South Harper, Chicago, IL 60637.

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