JHS Wind Symphony Earns Exclusive Invitation to National Festival
The JHS Wind Symphony is one of only 16 bands from around the nation to be selected as a featured band at the Music For All Festival.
The Jenks High School Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at the 2018 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, the nation’s most prestigious festival for scholastic musical ensembles.
The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Scott Hillock, was selected to perform by a panel of esteemed music educators and conductors by recorded audition. Jenks High School Wind Symphony is one of 16 high school bands from across the nation selected to perform at the 2018 Festival as a Featured Band. This marks the fourth time that Jenks has been chosen to perform at this festival, with the last appearance being in 2009. They will perform in concert, be evaluated by renowned music educators, and participate in master classes and special events. Invited concert bands, choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, percussion ensembles participating in the 2018 Festival come from 20 states including: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
“This is a premier event for our students,” commented Hillock, “It is an experience that the students will remember and treasure for the rest of their lives.”
Music for All is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations advocating in support of music education. The Music for All National Festival showcases the finest music ensembles and student musicians in America, shining a spotlight on outstanding music-making and the importance of music education. Being invited is the achievement: with no ratings or rankings awarded, the non-competitive Festival provides a supportive environment for cooperative encouragement for all of the ensembles. Evaluators give feedback on the performances, and groups receive a post-concert clinic for future growth, providing an educational experience for both teachers and students.
The Music for All National Festival takes place in Indianapolis’ finest concert venues, and is comprised of several events: National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, National Choir Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Middle School National Music Festival, Chamber Music National Festival, and three national honor ensembles: The Honor Band of America, the Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America. With the premiere of the National Choir Festival at the 2018 event, the Festival now includes all types of large ensembles that traditionally are part of a school music program – band, orchestra, and choir.
The 27th annual Festival will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 15-17, 2018. In addition to showcasing their talents, Jenks students will get the opportunity to take master classes on their individual instruments with some of the finest teachers in the country, attend various concerts, participate in the director’s academy, and be a part of the closing awards ceremony and banquet at the Festival.