Drums Along the Columbia


The Hanford Music Department is one of several local High Schools partnering together to present the Drums Along the Columbia Drum Corps International performance on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Fran Rish Stadium in Richland. Gates open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm.

Drums Along the Columbia

SUNDAY, JULY 6th, 2014 – 7:30 PM
Fran Rish Stadium
Richland, Washington

GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 in advance/ $18 at door
RESERVED: $20 in advance/ $25 at door
FAMILY SEATING: $40 for 4 people/ $50 at door

Fundraiser for Hanford High School  Marching Band Students & Music Boosters
FOR TICKETS contact:

Keri Lobdell 521-2014 or at keri.lobdell@gmail.com

or Nathan Salyer at 509-205-7005

Visit the DATC website at www.drumsalongthecolumbia.org


DRUMS ALONG THE COLUMBIA TICKETS:  (Easy Fundraiser – sell with a friend!)
June is the perfect time to sell tickets, students earn $5 per ticket sold.  (sell 20, make $100 toward your marching band account.)  Please call Lori Wasner to pick up tickets (must pre-pay, then sell and bring back $ to her for more tickets.)  509.375.5064 home or 509.539.3840 cell.

We are fortunate to have a show of this caliber in Richland!

We also need VOLUNTEERS from HHS band students and parents to help on July 6.  Please REPLY or contact Don Salyer at don8671@msn.com to sign up.   Siblings welcome to volunteer as well!

Hanford Pit Orchestra receives award for 42nd Street

The Hanford High School production of 42nd Street received two honors Monday night at the Seattle 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards:

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress – Anna Hansen
  • Outstanding Orchestra – Kevin Swisher, Director

Judges evaluated 121 high school musicals around the state.

Also at the event, Ellicia Mertens Elliott, longtime Theatre Arts Director at Richland High School, received the Outstanding Educator Award


Swing Dance

Hanford Music Swing DanceThe Hanford High Swing Dance is Friday, May 9 in the commons. All are welcome! Tickets are available from jazz students or at the door for $15.

Bring your pocket money for the many EXTRAS offered at this year’s dance: photo booth, glow stuff, soda, water, door prize (a tablet!) and silent auction items.

Be there!

2014 CBC Jazz Unlimited scores

CBC just released their scores for the recent Jazz Portion of the Jazz Unlimited Competition.

For the first time Hanford HS had four bands competing at the CBC Jazz Unlimited festival April 12, 2014.  There were 30 total competing bands at the event.  All four bands placed in the top 4 of their division. (There were two venues at the festival.) All four bands scored a top rating at the festival.

Jazz I was 2nd place in the AAAA division (this was 2nd place in their venue and overall 2nd place)

Jazz II was 1st place in the AAA division (this was 5th place in their venue and overall 8th place)

Jazz II was 4th place in the AA division (this was 5th place in their venue and overall 10th place)

Jazz IV (all freshmen) was 1st place in the A division (this was 2nd place in their venue and overall 5th place)

Out of 30 bands, Hanford ended up 2, 5, 8, and 10th place overall!

Outstanding Soloists: 

Jazz IV – Edie Engelmann – Flugel Horn, Omar Ibrahim – Alto Saxophone, Aaron Rausch – Piano

Jazz II – Lane King – Guitar, Scott Kovacs – Piano

Jazz I – Jon Black – Alto Saxophone, Scott Kovacs – Piano, Hannah Mowry -  Trumpet

Most Outstanding Rhythm Section – Hanford High School Jazz I (Simon Hampton – Drums, Caylee Olson – Bass, Tim Zilar – Guitar, Scott Kovacs – Piano)

HHS Wind Emsemble Invited to Perform in Music For All National Festival

weo highMusic for All National Festival brings together nation’s finest school music ensembles

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:  kevin.swisher@rsd.edu.