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The Heritage High School Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform as a “Featured Band” at the 2017 National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Music for All National Festival is presented by Yamaha.  The performance will be at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University during the March 9 – 11 festival in 2017. 

The wind ensemble was selected on the recommendation of a panel of distinguished evaluators and from an outstanding pool of applicant ensembles.  The Heritage Wind Ensemble was deemed to have achieved the high level of musical performance and artistry worthy of being featured on a national stage.  Performing at the 26th annual Music for All National Festival is a prestigious honor and achievement.  It places the Heritage Wind Ensemble in the extraordinary position of modeling to the world the results of performance excellence and a commitment to quality music education.  As the only concert band selected from Georgia, the Heritage band will be representing their school, community and state.  

The Heritage Wind Ensemble has been recognized at the local, state and regional level with invitations to perform at The University of Alabama, The University of Georgia, Troy University and Loyola University.  The band has also been named an Exemplary Performance ensemble in 2012 and 2015 by the Georgia Music Educators Association. 

“This is a huge honor for our students to be selected to perform on a national stage such as the Music for All Festival.  Our school is nine years old and we set long term goals to be recognized on a local, state and national level.  This completes one of the goals from our first leadership meetings.  The concert program has grown each year performing at a grade 6 (highest) level the past 7 years.  In my 25 years of teaching, this will be the most prestigious concert that I have been a part of with my students.” 

Blair Callaway – Director of Bands

The trip to Indianapolis will cost the students money above and beyond their regular band fees.  The band is working on raising the $48,000 it will take for these students to perform at this national festival.  If you would like to help with the total cost or help an individual student take this trip, please contact Mr. Callaway at bcallaway.hhs@catoosa.k12.ga.us

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