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Stadium High School Wind Ensemble Invited to Perform in Music for All National Festival

Music for All National Festival brings together the nation’s finest school music ensembles.

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Stadium High School Wind Ensemble from Tacoma, WA has been invited to perform at the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, the nation’s most prestigious festival for school instrumental music ensemble. The 26th annual Festival will take place in Indianapolis, March 9-11, 2017.

 

Stadium High School Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Adam Morrell and was selected to perform by a panel of esteemed music educators by recorded audition.

 

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 is comprised of the National Concert Band 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 Jazz Band of America, and the Honor Orchestra of America.

 

The Stadium High School Performing Arts Department is comprised of band, choir, drama and orchestra programs that include over 500 students. The Stadium High School Band program is proud to involve nearly 200 students in a well-rounded, comprehensive music education program that features 3 concert bands, 2 jazz ensembles, percussion ensemble, chamber music, and athletic bands. The Stadium Wind Ensemble is an auditioned group comprised of 48 of the top student musicians at Stadium High School. These students are athletes, in Advanced Placement courses, strive for college placement and this year has a collective GPA of 3.6.  This advanced band class meets one hour per day and focuses on developing musicianship through the study and performance of all levels wind literature, through a variety of genres.

The Stadium Band program has been a respected institution in Washington State for over 100 years. Over the course of this 100 years, the Stadium High School Band program has only had a five band directors, most notably, Mr. Jack Lloyd who taught at Stadium from 1961-2000.  The music program is part of the core curriculum at Stadium High School and proud alumni of the program are found throughout the community and the country. 

Mr. Adam Morrell is in his fifth year as director of bands at Stadium High School in Tacoma Public Schools in Washington State. Under Mr. Morrell’s direction, the Stadium Bands have not only received high praise and accolades from respected adjudicators and educators at band festivals and contests, but have also consistently received Superior ratings at District and State festivals. Most recently, the Stadium High School Wind Ensemble, was a highlighted band at the Whistler Con Brio Music Festival in Canada.  

Mr. Morrell earned his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Central Washington University in 2007. After 7 years of teaching, he continued his education and received a Master of Music from Central Washington University in 2015. He is a past President of the Commencement Bay Regional Music Educator’s Association, an active member of the Washington Music Educator’s Association and National Band Association Member.

 

Stadium High School Wind Ensemble is one of 59 high school and middle school concert band and percussion ensembles from across the nation selected to perform at the 2017 Festival. They will perform in concert, be evaluated by renowned music educators and participate in master classes and special events. Invited concert bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and honor ensemble members participating in the 2017 Festival come from 33 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

Festival and ticket information will be available at www.musicforall.org/festival or by calling 800-848-2263.

 

About Music for All Since 1975, Music for All, through its Bands of America and Orchestra America programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to

ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in their scholastic environment. Music for All’s programs include 30+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival and Affiliate Regional Music Festivals for concert bands, orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras.

 

Music for All Sponsors

Music for All efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor: Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor: Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Student Travel Partner: Music Travel Consultants; Official Performance Equipment Sponsor: Wenger Corporation; Corporate Sponsors: Ball State University, United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corp, Vic Firth Company, Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, Wells Fargo, and Strategic Advocacy Partner: NAMM; Associate Sponsors: Delivra, Dennis Wick, Showcase International, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, REMO, Tresona Multimedia, and Woodwind & Brasswind. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Ball Brothers Foundation, George and Frances Ball Foundation, and Lilly Endowment Inc.

 
 

 
 
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Patrick Sheridan Performed with Stadium in October.

Tubist, Performer, Educator and Entertainer, Patrick Sheridan performed with the Stadium High School Bands in October. He was spent 3 days working with the students of Stadium and the Tacoma Music scene. He performed at the concert on Oct 26th. Stadium enjoyed the experience and look forward to bringing other world class musicians to the school.

 
 
 

Hear what Students think

A few quotes from students who have spent 4 years in the band program.

 
 

Sam

"Being apart of Stadium High School's Band Program under the direction of Adam Morrell has widened my perspective of life. I began to understand the principle of practicing smart and being rewarded with success and amazing feelings/emotions that I cannot recreate anywhere else. Along with the great music, the community of the band program consist of exceptional students who have made my band experience 10 times better. I genuinely consider myself lucky to have been able to apart of such a band program."
 

Brittany

"Stadium wind ensemble challenged me to always expect more from myself. More musicality, more dynamic contrast, and more attention to detail. It's hard to constantly be striving to be better, but wind ensemble provides an environment where the band grows together to make unforgettable music and memories."

 

Spencer

"Stadium wind ensemble was more than just a band, it was my family. Once a day It allowed me to escape my daily life and just enjoy sharing music with great people. The stadium wind ensemble made an impact on who I am today."