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

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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.

Hanford High Musicians Qualify for State Solo/Ensemble Music Competition

A number of students won their divisions at the Columbia Basin Solo and Ensemble Music Competition and have qualified for the state competition April 25-26 in Ellensburg.

Hanford High School regional winners:

  • Cole Lobdell – Euphonium
  • Lucas McMillan – Viola
  • Caylee Olson – String Bass
  • Mickey Shin – Flute
  • Diana Wang – Violin
  • Large Woodwind Ensemble – Elisa Apra, Clint Bowman, Zac Brown, Kristen Campbell, Jesseca Faulk, Brittany Hanson, Rain Hawkes, Maggie Jackson, Hailey Olds, Lainey Petersen, Taylor Stephens, Lauren Townson

Congratulations to all who participated!


2014 All State

The Washington Music Educators Association has announced that 27 Richland School District students have been selected to perform in the 2013-14 All-State Bands, Orchestras and Choirs. Congratulations to all of these outstanding musicians! Hanford musicians are:

All-State Chamber Orchestra
Chenchen Li, Violin
Diana Wang, Violin

All-State Concert Band
Caylee Olson, Bass

All-State Jazz Band
Hannah Mowry, Trumpet

2013-2014 WIBC

This year a large number of Hanford HS students submitted auditions to the Western International Band Clinic (WIBC).  WIBC is one of the two main honor bands that we have students audition to.  The following is a list of students selected:

David Anderson — Clarinet
Elisa Apra — Clarinet
Grant Bender — Oboe
Hailey Cleavenger — Oboe
Angela Dale — Clarinet
Lexi Fredrickson — Oboe
Dina Gabretatios — Flute Alternate
Quinnlan Husted — Trombone
Katie Lober — Bass Clarinet
Adam Lutes — Trumpet Alternate
Cody McKee — Baritone
Patrick O’Toole — Trumpet
Leyla Resat — Flute
Sarah Sanvictores — Flute
Mickey Shin — Flute
Jackie Stape — Clarinet
Lauren Townson — Clarinet

2013 Stormscape

Congratulations to the HHS Marching Band for their awesome competitive season. This was an incredible season competitively, a year when our leadership team really did amazing things. Congratulations to all of the members, especially the seniors who have worked so hard to help HHS put on amazing, and fun productions. Thanks also to the parents who so often go unnoticed for all their help in preparations for our performances. The HHS Marching Program would be tremendously different without you!

On Saturday, October 19th, the Hanford Marching Band and Color Guard traveled to the Yakima Harvest Festival and won the Grand Sweepstakes (1st overall) for the second year in a row. They also took home every caption award for their division:

  • Best Drum Majors (Brooke Patton & Trevor Shibley),
  • Best Percussion (score 96.6/100),
  • Best Auxiliary (score 95/100),
  • Best Brass & Winds,
  • Best General Effect, and
  • Best Marching

October 19, 2013 – Congratulations!

October 5 – Cavalcade of Bands