The Ballard High School Wind Ensemble will perform at the Washington Music Educators Association State Conference in Yakima on Feb. 16. This is the first time that a Seattle Public High School Wind Ensemble or Concert Band has been invited to perform at this highly competitive event, which draws applications from schools throughout the state. The Ballard High music group was one of only two schools selected for the Concert Hour, which is the most prestigious and sought-after performance opportunity for school ensembles.
The 75 wind and percussion students, under the direction of Michael James, will be performing three contemporary works: “Aurora Awakes” by John Mackey; “A Solemn Place” by Wayne Oquin; and “Apollo Unleashed” from Symphony No. 2 by Frank Ticheli.
The group will also be performing these pieces at a free preview concert for the community at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St, Seattle on Tuesday, Feb. 6 @ 7:30 PM.
The WMEA State conference takes place every two years and involves approximately 2,000 music educators, exhibitors, and professional musicians and performers from across the state. More information and a full conference schedule is available on the WMEA website.
The Concert Hour at the Washington Music Educators Association State Conference will take place on Friday, Feb. 16 @ 10:30 AM at the Yakima Convention Center, 10 N 8th Street in Yakima, WA
Check out this video of the Ballard High School Wind Ensemble 2017 Carnegie Hall performance!: https://vimeo.com/213796679/9f6bec3d38