Ashburn, VA (March 3, 2017) – The John Champe High School Wind Ensemble 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 ensembles.
The 26th annual Festival will take place in Indianapolis, March 9th through the 11th . The John Champe High School Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Jonathan Phillip and was selected to perform by a panel of esteemed music educators by recorded audition.
John Champe is the first ensemble from Loudoun County to be selected to perform at this festival.
The John Champe 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.
Music for All is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations. The Music for All National Festival is comprised of the National Concert Band Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, the Middle School National Music Festival, the Chamber Music National Festival and three national honor ensembles: Honor Band of America, Jazz Band of America and Honor Orchestra of America.
In five years, the band program at John Champe has grown to serve 230 students (26 students showed up for inaugural marching band in 2012). The Marching Knights perform at competitions throughout Maryland and Virginia while supporting the community at Champe and the surrounding area.
The Knights have thrice earned the distinction of Virginia Honor Band and 19 students successfully auditioned into the All-District Band this year.