INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanford High School Wind Ensemble from Richland, Washington has been invited to perform as part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 5-8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Hanford High School Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Kevin Swisher and Chris Newbury.
The Music for All National Festival is recognized as the epitome of scholastic instrumental music festivals in America. The Festival comprises the National Concert Band Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Middle School National Music Festival, and three national honor ensembles: the Honor Band of America, the Jazz Band of America and the Honor Orchestra of America.
Twenty-eight high school ensembles from across the nation were selected by recorded audition to perform in concert at the Festival, be evaluated by master music educators and participate in master classes and special events. Invited concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles for the 2014 Festival come from Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, California, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, and Washington. Festival and ticket information is available at www.musicforall.org.
The mission of the Hanford High School Instrumental Music Department is to provide the highest quality musical experience that allows students to grow as musicians and individuals, who then contribute to our nation’s cultural landscape, as they become future artistic and community leaders. Recognized as one of the leading scholastic instrumental training programs in the Northwest, the Hanford music program provides competitive world-class training and performance opportunities for high school musicians. The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the 50+ top wind band and percussion musicians in the school. Its students have received many honors from around the state and northwest.
Music for All (MFA) is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations advocating in support of music education. For more than 35 years, the MFA Bands of America and Orchestra America programs have set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization, MFA uses its national program to recognize, model, showcase and provide individual, teacher and organizational examples of music performance excellence and achievement. MFA’s programmatic model is designed to mirror and supplement the classroom and performance model adopted in most American scholastic settings.
At the festival, Hanford students will have the opportunity to attend clinics by top professionals from around the country, be audience members for the nation’s top high school ensembles, perform for those same ensembles, and to receive critiques from today’s most recognized names in concert band. The students will also attend seminars and leadership training from outstanding professional and collegiate music educators.
This is the most prestigious performance opportunity a high school level ensemble can earn. The experience is not duplicated anywhere in the world. Additionally, the educational experience for the students is unmatched.
Anyone interested in supporting the Hanford High School Wind Ensemble in this endeavor should contact Kevin Swisher, director, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.