Hanford Guest Artist Series: Allen Vizzutti to perform May 20 & 21

Playing a unique fusion of jazz and classical music, Allen Vizzutti will be coming to Hanford High School to perform in several joint concerts as part of Hanford’s Guest Artist Concert Series. The Tri-Cities community has not had this style of music performed for them in many years.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Vizzutti was first taught the trumpet by his father. As early as the age of 16, Vizzutti has made a name for himself in the music world, earning the first chair spot in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, Michigan. Vizzutti then traveled to attend the Eastman School of Music on a full scholarship. He has now visited 60 countries, performed in some of the world’s largest stages, and performed in over 160 motion picture soundtracks, such as Star Trek, Back to the Future, and Rocky II.

Vizzutti has also taught at the Eastman School of Music, University of Washington, as well as other universities and institutes around the world. Not only being an outstanding musician, Vizzutti has also composed many orchestral pieces, which have been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tonight Show Orchestra, and other big-name music groups.

The music students at Hanford see these Guest Artist Concerts as a great opportunity to improve their musical abilities and as a perfect chance to listen to professional musicians.

“It’s cool that Hanford has all these Guest Artist Concerts with all these professionals and we get to perform with them; it’s really great to play with people at that level,” said Elijah Hyatt, another Hanford freshman in Purple Jazz. Some of Hanford’s students are already familiar with Vizzutti’s works, and are thrilled to be able to hear Vizzutti in person. “I’m excited to play with another professional musician, and they’re fun to play with because you learn a lot from them,” said Hayden Henry, a freshman at Hanford who plays in both the Concert Band and the Gold Jazz Band. “It’s a lot different live too, when you hear them on the radio, or on Spotify or Pandora, it’s like, ‘Oh wow! That’s really cool,” and when you hear them live it’s mind-blowing.”

“I’m just so excited because I’ve listened to music that he’s in, so actually getting to meet someone at that great of a musical level and getting to learn from them is an experience of a lifetime,” said Jase Conley, Hanford freshman in the Purple Jazz Band. “I’ve listened to some of his jazz music. I think when he played with the Woody Herman Orchestra, he was writing some music for them, and that was really cool.”

The two concerts that will be performed by Vizzutti and the Hanford Music students will take place in Hanford High School’s auditorium on May 20-21, with the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble playing on May 20th and with all five Hanford Jazz Bands on May 21st.   Presale Tickets are $15 and available from HHS Instrumental Students, Adventures Underground, and Ted Brown Music.  $30 VIP tickets are also available which include a private reception at Terra Blanca Winery with the guest artists and other VIPs.  Tickets at the door are $20.

Fry Street Quartet to perform Feb 27 at 7pm

 Hanford Guest Artist Series

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On Saturday, February 27, the world-renowned Fry Street Quartet will be flying up from their residence home at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University to perform a 7 pm concert at Hanford High School. Cellist, Marc Johnson, founded the Fry Street Quartet in Chicago in 1997, with hopes of beginning a distinct quartet, one comprised of musicians of promising backgrounds. The musicians hold degrees from Oberlin to associate concertmaster seats in prestigious groups such as the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. When all four talented musicians come together, the Fry Street Quartet perfects the “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity” (Strad).

This group has made its international stamp in Israel where they studied with Isaac Stern at the International Encounters Chamber Music Seminar in 2000. After working with the quartet, Stern was so pleased that he arranged for them to study at the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop in New York City as well as arranging the group’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2001.

Since then, the Fry Street Quartet has won the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, allowing the group to serve as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan States, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State. Other international appearances include the ProQuartet Academy at Pont-Royal, France, the Prague Chamber Festival and Trutnov Autumn Festival in the Czech Republic, Kulturvereinigung Oberschützen in Austria and three visits to the Oficina de Musica de Curitiba, Brazil.

With a mission of becoming a distinct quartet in the world of classical music, the Fry Street Quartet does not fail to disappoint. Alongside physicist and educator Dr. Robert Davies, the Fry Street Quartet has created the Crossroads Project, an all-encompassing performance that combines poetic lectures, paintings, and music, all in response to the issues of global sustainability. Crossroads: Rising Tide has seen more than 25 performances in 3 three different countries, has been featured on NPR’s “joe’s big idea”, as well as in a host of print media.

From the group’s endeavors in completing the entire Beethoven Quartet Cycle to its passion to reach out to communities like the Tri-Cities to perform, the Fry Street Quartet is definitely not one to miss. It is about time that classical music has made its way into the area and listeners will be pleased by the nuances and likability of the Fry Street Quartet.


TEMPORARY: Music Booster Day maps & cell numbers


Marilyn Allen 528-5624
Mike/Julie Lowery 551-8108
Meri Brines 528-9533
Kathy Blanchard 509-303-0524


Here are maps showing the routes & groups assigned to them


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NEW! Pay for concert attire online

You can now pay for concert attire (tuxes/dresses) online through Square Up.
Click here to pay. Be sure to note your child’s name and Student ID in the ‘Notes’ section to receive proper credit for payment.

Some other useful links

View the 2015-16 HHS Band Handbook here
View the September 2015 Band newsletter here
View the minutes from the September 1 2015 HMA meeting here

Middle School Summer Band Camp Aug 3-7

Keep your band skills fresh! Open to any Richland middle school student who has completed 1-3 years.

For more information view Richland Summer Band Flier 2015

When: August 3-7, 2015, 9am-noon
Where: Chief Joseph Middle School Music Rooms
Who: Any middle school student who has  completed 1-3 years.
Registration Fee: $103 before June 9
Registration Fee: $113 after June 9,
or on the first day of camp.
Jazz Add-On: $25 for an extra hour of  jazz band class at noon.