Victor Wooten to perform at HHS Dec 12 & 13

victor wootenOn Dec 12th and 13th, 2014 at 7pm, world renowned bass player Victor Wooten will be performing at Hanford High School. Tickets may be purchased at Ted Brown Music, Adventures Underground, or at the door.  The ticket cost is $15. Victor along with drummer Derico Watson will be doing a two-day workshop with the music students at Hanford High School. The workshop will conclude each day with a concert at 7pm at the Hanford High Auditorium.

Who is Victor Lemonte Wooten?

“Who am I? Now, that’s a good question.”

Victor Lemonte Wooten is a unique human being. Born the youngest of five boys, he began learning to play music at the tender age of two. He started performing in nightclubs and theaters as the bassist with the family band at age five, and at age six, was on tour with his brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield. Soon after, he was affectionately known as the 8-year-old Bass Ace, and before graduating high school, he and his brothers had shared the stage with artists such as Stephanie Mills, War, Ramsey Lewis, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Dexter Wansel, and The Temptations. But, this only begins to tell the tale of this Tennessee titan.

Wooten, now a five-time Grammy winner, hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, Victor has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours.

Among other things, he is a loving husband and father of four, a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician and acrobat, and has won every major award given to a bass guitarist including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine’s readers poll three times (the only person to win it more than once.) In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine voted Victor one of the Top Ten Bassists of ALL TIME.

 Wooten’s sought-after skills and growing popularity have lead to recordings and performances with artists such as Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Bootsy Collins, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Prince, India Arie, Keb Mo, Dennis Chambers, Susan Tedeschi, Gov’t Mule, Bruce Hornsby, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Frank Gambale, the legendary Moroccan group Nass El Ghiwane, and many others

 Along with recording Grammy winning and Billboard charting albums with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor also spearheaded the formation of the super-group SMV with two of his childhood heroes, Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller.

It is very exciting that Victor Wooten will be here in the Tri-Cities to work with our students and community. You will not want to miss this amazing opportunity to see arguably the world’s greatest bass player. Questions about this event can be directed to Chris Newbury: (509)967-6532       


HHS Musicians Earn Spots in Honor Bands

Thirteen  Hanford High School music students have been selected to perform in the 2014-15 All-Northwest and All-State Bands, Orchestras and Choirs. Congratulations to all of these outstanding musicians!

All-Northwest Jazz Band
Jon Black, Alto Saxophone, Hanford High School
All-Northwest Orchestra
Diana Wang, Violin, Hanford High School
Nathan Salyer, Tuba, Hanford High School
All-Northwest Jazz Choir
Simon Hampton, Drums, Hanford High School

All-Northwest Treble Choir
Katherine Moon, Soprano, Hanford High School

All-State Concert Band
Libby Allen, Bassoon, Hanford High School
Elisa Apra, Clarinet, Hanford High School
Kyle Caldwell, Percussion, Hanford High School
Hailey Cleavenger, Oboe, Hanford High School
Maggie Jackson, Bass Clarinet, Hanford High School
Valarie Milbrath, French Horn, Hanford High School

All-State Symphonic Choir
Devin Dugan, Tenor, Hanford High School
Avonlea Gervais, Alto, Hanford High School

Band Concert Date Changed from Nov 18 to Nov 25

Letter from Mr Swisher

This letter serves to bring you updates to the HHS band calendar due to recent changes to the concert schedule.  The concert previously scheduled for November 18th featuring the HHS Wind Ensemble and HHS Orchestra will be joined with the HHS Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert on November 25th.  We apologize for the change in our calendar this late in the season, however, were notified just recently of a conflict in the auditorium which necessitates our change.

Richland School District (RSD) facilities may be rented by “outside” organizations once RSD events are scheduled for the year.  An outside organization has rented the HHS Auditorium throughout the month of November.  They are running a large scale musical production with large sets and a full pit orchestra.  This requires them to have the pit cover off.  The organization did schedule their events around our concert calendar and facilities reservations, but no one foresaw their enormous sets being on stage or the pit being uncovered.  It will be impossible for us to perform a concert in the HHS auditorium with the sets on stage and the pit uncovered.

Unfortunately, we were notified of this outside organization’s rental too late and were unable to make any changes.  Therefore, Mr. Newbury and I, with the assistance of Mr. Leggett and HHS administration, have decided that it is in the best interest of our program to join our two concerts in one evening.  The concert on November 25th will feature all four of our large performing ensembles (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra) who will play their full set of literature.

We realize that this may cause our families to have scheduling difficulties, but sincerely apologize.  Mr. Leggett and the HHS Music Staff have devised a plan to help ensure this does not happen in the future.  Thank you for your understanding.  If you have any questions, please contact me via email at

HHS senior earns spot in National Honor Choir

Hinako Kawabe

Hinako Kawabe

Hinako Kawabe, Hanford High School senior, has been selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s National Honor Choir. Kawabe will sing in the National Honor Mixed Choir at the association’s national conference October 26-29 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

    Kawabe is one of four students from the State of Washington selected to perform with the choir of 150 vocalists. She currently sings with the Hanford High Chamber Choir.

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!