The North high School is in Edmond, Oklahoma. It's a wonderful community and great place to grow up. Edmond is just north of our capital city, Oklahoma City.
Concert Band Biography:
Edmond North High School and it's orchestra was founded in 1992. Now with over 2500 students, ENHS boasts a thriving arts program with one-fourth of the student population involved in the performing arts. Ms. Diana Berger began the orchestra at North High School seeing it receive four OSSAA State Sweepstakes Awards during her 8 years growing the program. In 2002, the ENO welcomed it's next director Peter Markes. The ENO became the largest high school orchestra program in the state. Mr. Markes went on to take the orchestra to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in 2012, and were selected two times as the Oklahoma State High School Honour Orchestra of the year.
Justin Pourtorkan has been teaching and conducting orchestra in Oklahoma for 13 years. This is his first year with the Edmond North Orchestra. Pourtorkan spent his last 12 years building the Classen School of Advanced Orchestras in Oklahoma City. In his final year at the school, they were recognised as the State High school Honour Orchestra of 2017.
Since 1906 the Marching 97 has been an essential part of Lehigh University with its signature leg-liftery, sing-singery, and a unique brand of spirit called psyche! The band is led by a 13 member student board and prides itself on being one of the largest student run marching bands in the world.
Each week the Marching 97 performs a new completely student written show during half time each week using the Big 10 high-step marching technique. In it's free time the band enjoys hobbies like watching Lehigh's sports teams beat their rival, Lafayette College, and storming into (and playing loud music in) classrooms in an annual event called, "Ecoflame".
The 97 is made up of members from all four colleges, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Education, and Business, and who hail from all around the world.
Libertyville High School is located in Libertyville, IL, a community 35 miles north of Chicago. The music program started with the founding of the school in 1917. The Libertyville band program has several curricular and co-curricular ensembles that allow students to showcase their talent, dedication, and hard work. There are four curricular concert bands, and the co-curricular ensembles include the Marching Wildcats, Jazz Ensembles I and II, Pit Orchestra, and Basketball Pep Band. The band program is a part of the larger music and fine arts department at Libertyville High School, which offers a diverse array of music courses. These include four choirs, three orchestras, AP Music Theory, Electronic Music, and Guitar I and II, enrolling approximately 450 students.
Adam Gohr is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.M.E.) and Penn State University (M.M.E.). He is his twentieth year of teaching, his fifth at Libertyville, and enjoys spending time with his musical family, wife Kendra, and kids Owen, 11, and Annabelle, 9.
Matt Karnstedt graduated Cum Laude from Butler University in Indianapolis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Concentration in Jazz Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Matt is an alumnus of LHS and is proud to be teaching at his alma mater.
Affectionately known as "The Pride of McNeese", the band includes students from the states of Louisiana and Texas, representing over 30 different academic areas of study. Our students study music, engineering, nursing, business, medicine and many other areas.
McNeese State University is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. This is the heart of "Cajun Country", with plenty of culture, seafood, crawfish, rice and alligators (live and fried!).
The Pride of McNeese Cowboy Marching band is a time-honored organisation, comprised of students from over 30 academic majors within the university. As the largest and most visible student organisation, the marching band performs for over 100,000 people each autumn. "The Pride" continually combines fantastic spirit and quality musicianship for every performance opportunity. Members enjoy a wide range of experiences, including fast-paced rehearsals, close friendships, travel to away games, fun and excitement in the stands and a high standard of performance on the field.
Jay N. Jacobs is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Band at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. he directs the Cowboy Marching Band and Basketball Band, conducts the wind symphony and teaches courses in conducting. Dr. Jacobs holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from West Virginia University and earned the Masters of Music in Conducting and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degrees from the University of Florida. He most recently received the McNeese President's Award for Outstanding Mentor-ship and was selected as Faculty Member of the Year by the McNeese Student Government Association.
The MHS Symphonic Band is also proud to call Middletown, Delaware their home. One of the fastest growing communities in the state, it has been recognised in both 2016 & 2017 as a "Best Community for Music Education" by the National Association of Music Merchants.
The MHS Symphonic Band has long, rich history of success and excellence in music education. Audiences across the nation, as well as internationally, have enjoyed the musicianship and excitement that the Cavaliers offer each year. The band has received numerous awards and "Superior" ratings and has been graced with many talented members. Many of the band's students perform in various honours ensembles to include All-State, All-Eastern, and National level bands. The Symphonic Ban is one of several ensembles offered by a very active and passionate Performing Arts Department at Middletown High School that includes Choir, Orchestra, Drama and Music Technology programs as well.
Brian Endlein, Director of Bands at Middletown High School, is in his 14th year of music education. He received his B.M. in Music Education from West Chester University. Mr. Endlein currently serves as director of the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Indoor Drumline, Winter Colourguard, and Pit Orchestra. An active member of many professional music organisations, Mr.Endlein is also a proud member of the 78th Army Band, United States Army Reserve, where he serves as an Enlisted Conductor and Drum Major.
The Oak Grove Wind Ensemble was established in the 1967 at the opening of the school. This band has had thousand of students perform hundred of pieces of music throughout the United States. This experience in London 2018 will be its first International performance for our Wind Ensemble. Oak Grove High School is based in San Jose, CA, USA in the heart of Silicon Valley. This is a diverse group of musicians of all levels with a focus on a comprehensive and multi-cultural selection of concert band literature.
Chris Moura, Director of Bands at Oak Grove HS, has been the director for the past 23 years. Mr. Moura studied music education and earned his degree from UCLA. He has had numerous recognition's awarded him within his career yet his greatest accomplishment is his ability to create an environment where every student, new or experience, has access to amazing music literature, music education and performance opportunities.
The Palm Springs High School ‘PS Swings’ Jazz Band is a return to the golden days of swing and Big Band in Palm Springs. The group focuses on ‘the classics of the Great American Songbook’. They are often joined by the ‘Spirit Elite’ Dancers that are members of the Visual Corps that reflect the days of Dean Martin’s ‘Gold-diggers’.
Concert Band Biography:
The band often performs at the Disney Resorts, Lasco Croatia, Taiwan, Capetown Hall in South Africa, Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Easter Festival in Scotland, Children’s Palace in Shanghai, Anaheim and at numerous private and community events throughout California. They have also performed with Barry Manilow, Suzanne Somers, Monty Hall, Carol Channing, Max Weinberg, Alvin Taylor and have opened for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and many more. The band have recorded three albums and have been seen on Entertainment Tonight, BBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and CCTV in China.
Band Director Biography:
Band Director, Brian Ingelson, studied at the Mount Royal Conservatory of Music on trumpet and began playing professional Big Bands at 16. Visual Corp Director, Beverley Ingelson, was an international award winning baton twirler who is now a registered nurse at the fames Eisenhower Medical Centre. As teachers, their groups have performed around the world and have received the National legion of Honour Award, Steinway Society ‘ For the Children’ Award, Grammy Educator of the Year Quarter Finalists, multi-recipient of the ‘Who’s Who of America’ and Congressional Certificates of Achievement.
In the spring of 2010, the Ensembles at Ravenscroft School set out on a mission to perform and enter competitions at venues up and down the eastern seaboard. What began as an opportunity to perform at “America’s Largest Home”, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, has grown into an invitation to perform in London, England over the holidays in December of 2017 into 2018 as part of a series of Gala and Festival concerts.
In the years that followed that first trip to western, NC, band, choir and string students enrolled in performance music classes at Ravenscroft School have performed in Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, the Avery Fisher Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center, Disney’s Epcot Center and Universal Studios Main Stage Citywalk. This past spring, as part of the National Festival of the States, our ensembles performed in Charleston, SC in the Old Exchange in the historic district and on the U.S.S. Yorktown. Students enrolled in our music program have also performed in England France, Denmark, Sweden, Chicago, and Seattle, Washington.
Striving for a balance between competition and top venues, the ensembles at Ravenscroft have consistently been rewarded Superior or Gold ratings at contests with Sweepstakes (top ensemble) being awarded to one of our traveling ensembles in 2011 and 2013. During the 2015 spring season all ten competing groups from Lower School, Middle School and Upper School were awarded superior ratings during competition. Ravenscroft School is a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade independent school community of 1160 students situated on 132 acres in Raleigh, NC. The school was founded in 1862 and features outstanding Academics, Arts and Athletics.
Mrs. Kelly received her Bachelor of Music Degree with Honors in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she attended as a Morehead Scholar from 1977-1981. She also received her master’s degree in Violin Performance from UNC-CH in 1983, during which time she was a Graduate Assistant in Violin. She founded the Suzuki Program at Meredith College in 1983, and directed it until 1990, when she began teaching at Campbell University. She continues to direct the Cape Fear Valley School of Violin in Dunn, NC, which she founded in 1983, and which recently celebrated its 26th year of recitals. Mrs. Kelly is an active clinician at Suzuki workshops and institutes, and has been a faculty member at the NC Suzuki Institute since 1983. Her most recent institute affiliation has been in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the Phoenix Phest Suzuki Institute in August 2010 and 2011. She enjoys taking students on all types of tours, and has taken students to England in 1992 and 2008, and to Sweden in 2001 and 2005. She is a busy freelance performer and appears regularly with such groups as the North Carolina Symphony, the Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Opera, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. She is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas for having completed all the SAA Teacher Training courses. She loves teaching all the string instruments, and has taught now for 37 years.
The S. Paul’s Chorale is a group compiled from St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, USA. This group, comprised of approximately 45 students, is made up of members of Chamber Singers, men’s Chorus, Show Choir and Marching Band. St. Paul’s is located in the coastal area of the Gulf of Mexico.
The St. Paul’s Episcopal School Chorale is a choir from Mobile, Alabama, USA. This group performs choral literature of many different periods and styles. This group appears in such venues as Carnegie Hall, New York, The national Cathedral in Washington D.C. as well as many others.
Band Director Biography:
Harold J. Powell Sr. is currently Music Director and Theatre Co-ordinator at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. At St. Paul’s he directs the Chamber Singers, St. Paul’s Singers, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Middle School Chorus, Show Choir and is the director of the St. Paul’s Players. A Graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, and the Hochshule fur Muik und Darstellende Kunst, ‘Mozarteum’ of Salzburg, Austria, Jody holds a bachelor’s degree in conducting and a certificate of performance.
Austin High School is the flagship campus and one of sixteen high school in the Austin
Independent School District. The band program is comprised of approximately 200
students from Southwest and Central Austin. Course offerings include: four concert
bands, marching band, two jazz ensembles, percussion class and color guard.
Austin High School was established in 1881, becoming the first publicly funded high
school west of the Mississippi River. It's band program began in 1914 with $125.00 to
purchase instruments. Austin High School is in its seventh campus in 136 years.
The Austin High Bands have traveled across the United States and beyond, competing in
a variety of music festivals where they routinely receive superior ratings and best in class
designations. Recent festival locations include San Francisco, New York City, Orlando,
Chicago, Washington DC, New Orleans, Dallas, the Bahamas, and London, England in
We are the string instrumentalists from the Hartford Union High School music department. Our orchestra program has two large concert ensembles. These two groups perform standard literature for string orchestra and are pushed to very high levels of performance. Our orchestras are proud to perform for our community as a whole as well
as in chamber ensembles for a wide variety of events. The HUHS string orchestras combine and augment with winds and percussion to perform as a Symphonic Orchestra and study full orchestral repertoire. We are proud of our student musicians both as soloists and ensemble members. Together we create an instrumental family.
Mr. Andrew Hacker is the Director of Instrumental Music at Hartford Union High School and has held the position since 2015. He leads all aspects of the band and orchestra programs which include directing the Chamber Ensembles, Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Orchestras, and also teaches general music courses in piano and world music. Mr. Hacker is a low brass performer and began playing the tuba at the age of eleven. In addition to his daily duties, Mr. Hacker serves on the executive board of the Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin and is an Assistant Conductor with the Milwaukee
Youth Symphony Orchestra - Wind Ensemble.
We are the wind and percussion instrumentalists from the Hartford Union High School
music department. Our band program has two large concert ensembles. We have a
Concert Band and and auditioned Symphonic Band. These two groups perform standard
wind band literature and are pushed to very high levels of performance. Our bands are
proud to perform for our community as a whole as well as in chamber ensembles for a
wide variety of events. Members of the Symphonic Band regularly augment our string
orchestras to perform as a Symphonic Orchestra and study full orchestral repertoire. We
are proud of our student musicians both as soloists and ensemble members. Together we
create an instrumental family.
Mr. Andrew Hacker is the Director of Instrumental Music at Hartford Union High School
and has held the position since 2015. He leads all aspects of the band and orchestra
programs which include directing the Chamber Ensembles, Bands, Jazz Ensemble,
Marching Band, Orchestras, and also teaches general music courses in piano and world
music. Mr. Hacker is a low brass performer and began playing the tuba at the age of
eleven. In addition to his daily duties, Mr. Hacker serves on the executive board of the
Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin and is an Assistant Conductor with the Milwaukee
Youth Symphony Orchestra - Wind Ensemble.