Creating outstanding music since 1905...

History of Directors

BAND

0000 - 1975 | Tom Hall

1973 - 1976 | Richard Uthmann

1976 - 1987 | Tom Hope

1987 - 1988 | Bart Ellis

1988 - 1997 | Craig Solbrack

1997 - 2004 | George Larsen

2004 - 2014 | Craig Gustafson

2014 - present | Daniel Hartley

CHOIR

0000 - 1977 | Howard Meharg

1977 - 1985 | Tim Russell

1985 - 1987 | Dennis Boaglio

1987 - 1988 | Alex Hurt

1988 - 2004 | Steve Prothero

2004 - 2018 | Jeri Bridges

2018 - present | Colin Cossi

ORCHESTRA

1965 - 1970 | Robert Pritchett

1970 - 1973 | Ronald Joslin

1973 - 2006 | George Simonsen

2006 - 2011 | Bruce Williamson

2011 - 2012 | Kari Giorgi

2012 - 2018 | Martin Krusniak

2018 - present | Josef Ward

Department Accomplishments

1972 - 1973

The Kelso Band receives a telegram from the Mexican Government declaring them as one of the top sixteen bands in the USA. The band travels to Mexico City to compete in an international competition and takes first place under the direction of Tom Hall.

1982 - 1983

The Kelso Marching Band drumline wears Kilts for the first time during performances .

1997 - 1998

The Kelso Band travels to Disneyland under the direction of George Larsen.

2014 - 2015

Kelso band splits into two bands: Concert Band & Wind Ensemble.

24 band students compete in the regional SWWMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival, 7 of them are selected for WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Festival at CWU in Ellensburg.

2015 - 2016

Kelso High School reinstates Percussion Ensemble as a class.

The Kelso Wind Ensemble performs at the University of Washington Pacific Northwest Band Festival for the first time.

The Kelso Jazz Ensemble travels to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho.

​54 band students compete in the regional SWWMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival, ​22 of them are selected for WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Festival at CWU in Ellensburg.


2016 - 2017

The Kelso Marching Band competes in the NWAPA McKenzie Classic and takes High Visual, High Auxiliary, and 2nd Place in the A Division.

The Kelso Marching Band takes 1st place for "Athletic Entertainment" in the 2016 Longview Christmas Parade.

​The Kelso Jazz Ensemble (KJE) performs at the Clark College Jazz Festival. Sophomore bassist, Isaac Ford, takes home an award for Outstanding Soloist.

76 band students compete in the regional SWWMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival.

The Kelso Wind Ensemble ties for First Place with WF West at the SWWMEA Large Group Band Festival at Lower Columbia College. They competed against 19 bands.