Through its performance virtues throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the Northwestern High School Band has earned two very prestigious awards from the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA).
Northwestern competed at the ISSMA Concert Organization Festival at Marion High School on Friday, April 21. For the Band's performance, they earned a GOLD rating, and added another GOLD rating in the sight-reading portion of competition.
This GOLD rating was the final piece of the puzzle to achieve the ISSMA All-Music Award, the first All-Music Award in Northwestern Band's history. The ISSMA All-Music Award is presented to Bands in Indiana for excellence in the following areas:
GOLD in Marching Band
(Northwestern actually earned 2 GOLDs in Marching Band, in addition to earning a spot in the ISSMA State Marching Band Finals)
GOLD Soloist and Ensemble at State Solo/Ensemble Contest
(Northwestern had 7 soloists and 3 ensembles earn GOLD at ISSMA State Solo/Ensemble Contest)
GOLD in Jazz
(Northwestern earned GOLD and also had a student recognized as Outstanding Improv Soloist at the ISSMA Jazz Festival)
GOLD in Concert Band
(Northwestern earned a GOLD in both Performance and Sight-Reading)
In addition to the year-long success of the Northwestern Band, the Northwestern Choir earned an ISSMA All-Music Award as well. This success of the Northwestern Music Department as a whole has earned Northwestern High School the highly distinguished ISSMA All-Department Award. To describe just how difficult it is to achieve the ISSMA All-Department Award, you only need to know that in 2015-2016, out of 736 high schools in Indiana, only 11 earned the ISSMA All-Department Award. This also marks the first ISSMA All-Department Award in Northwestern history.
The Northwestern Band was selected to serve as the ISSMA Class D representative in the Indianapolis 500 Festival parade through downtown Indianapolis on May 27, 2017.
Northwestern will hold their Spring Concert on May 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Northwestern Auditorium. The Northwestern Jazz Band will perform on May 13 at Kokomo High School in the Java + Jazz program, and will also perform at RibFest on June 10 at Foster Park.
Congratulations to all students, parents, and supporters who were involved in our wonderful success this year!
Below is a quick-hitting list of all of the rest of our performance dates for this upcoming semester. This does NOT include extra rehearsals/etc. The timing for each event follows the name of the event.
April 21 - ISSMA Concert Band Contest @ Marion HS (7:00pm)
May 13 - Java & Jazz - Kokomo HS (evening)
May 15 - Spring Pops Concert & Senior Recognition (6:30pm)
May 27 - Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade @ Indianapolis (noon)
June 3 - Commencement (9:00am)
The Northwestern High School TIGER PRIDE Band has been selected to represent all of ISSMA Class D in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade!
We received the official invitation on Monday and eagerly accepted. Our students are excited to be on national television and to rub elbows with celebrities :) We are working on planning this momentous event now. We do not have much information to share at this time, but we can share the date and time:
SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017
Start Time: 12:00 pm
Downtown Indianapolis, IN
Tickets are currently available at http://www.500festival.com/parade.
More information will come!
Please download a calendar for March - November 2017 HERE!!!
You can go ahead and get signed up for the 2017 text list now as well, but it will not be used until June 2017. Instructions are on the calendar to sign up for the 2017 list.
Because this calendar is coming out so early, some dates may be considered tentative and/or marked TBA.