Portland Starlight Parade

posted Jun 6, 2013, 6:03 AM by JOHN RANTS

Entertaining over 250,000 audience members and over 5 million live on TV and over the internet, the Marching Tomahawks placed 3rd in the Starlight Parade in Portland Oregon on June 1st. Go Tomahawks.

Bellingham Ski to Sea Parade

posted May 29, 2013, 3:53 PM by JOHN RANTS   [ updated May 29, 2013, 3:54 PM ]

The Marching Tomahawks took 1st place in the Ski to Sea Parade and the colorguard took 3rd on May 25th in Bellingham.

MP strikes gold in San Francisco

posted Apr 8, 2013, 6:03 AM by JOHN RANTS   [ updated Apr 8, 2013, 6:36 AM ]

During Spring Break, the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Choir and Marching Band toured to San Francisco. During their stay in the Bay area, the Marching Tomahawks participated in clinics with the staff of the world famous Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and the directors of the choirs and bands of Stanford University. While at Stanford University, the concert choir brought joyful tears to many eyes, as they performed "Ave Maria" in the Stanford Memorial Church. Later that evening, the Jazz Ensemble entertained crowds on Pier 39 in San Francisco. Many, many photos from the trip can be found on the MPHS Music Booster's Facebook page.


One of the main focuses of the tour to San Francisco  was for the groups to perform in the Heritage Festival. Music ensembles of schools from 6 different states and 2 countries were represented in the international festival. The concert choir received a Bronze award for their performance. The Jazz Ensemble received a Silver award and placed 3rd of the ensembles in their division. And the Wind Ensemble received a Gold award, placing 1st of the ensembles in their division, and received an invitation to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York. 

NWPA Championships

posted Mar 30, 2013, 9:56 PM by JOHN RANTS

What a wonderful way to end a season. Today, at the NWPA Championship Winterguard competition, the MPHS Winterguard placed 2nd in the Scholastic Regional Academic division out of 10 guards. This placement dictates that they will be moving up a division in their 2013-2014 season.

Congratulations Winterguard!!!

MPMEA Large Group Band Festival

posted Mar 21, 2013, 5:09 AM by JOHN RANTS

Congratulations to Symphonic Band for their performance at Mount Pilchuck Music Educators Association Large Group Band Festival today as they received a I and 2- II's on Folk Song Suite. They played beautifully.

There was a bit of delay retrieving Wind Ensemble's scores, since on of the adjudicators failed to write anything. It is generally a good sign when they put down their pencil to listen and enjoy. Their standing "O" at the end of our performance may have been another cue that we received "I"'s from each of the adjudicators. Each of the adjudicators commented on the college level music that was being played at the highest possible level. Best sounding band for the day!

Guest Clinician

posted Feb 24, 2013, 2:46 PM by JOHN RANTS   [ updated Feb 24, 2013, 2:47 PM ]

Wind Ensemble is looking forward to a special clinic with former MPHS Band Director, Mike Irons, on March 6th in preparation for this year's festival season. Mr. Irons is a graduate of West Bremerton High School where he played under Bill Bissell in both the concert and jazz band programs.Upon graduation from high school he attended Olympic Community College where he studied under Ralph Mutchler.He completed his undergraduate studies at Central Washington University studying with Ray Wheeler and Bob Panerio.Upon completion of his B.A. in Music in 1968 Mr. Irons began his teaching career at Marysville High School where he started the jazz program.After four years in Marysville he moved to The Everett School District where he taught at Cascade High School, Eisenhower Middle, and North Middle School respectively for the next twenty-six years.
Mike has played and taught saxophone and clarinet for years around the Seattle-Everett area.Some of the groups he has played with are MOJO, After Hours Jazz, Groove Merchants, and the Perfect Match.Mike spent a number of years working as music conductor and sitting on the board of directors for Northwest Savoyards.
After retiring 4 years ago he has been kept busy working as a judge-clinician around the area.He still maintains a private teaching studio, and is working under part time contract for the Everett District.
Mike says he loves conducting Community Bands Northwest and hopes to be able to continue in that position for years to come.He says he especially likes the people in the band and the personal relationships that have developed since joining the organization.He is especially fond of the group's Motto "Where Love of Music Combines with Community Service" and would like to put those word into action.

Solo and Ensemble Festival

posted Feb 17, 2013, 4:10 PM by JOHN RANTS

On February 9th, Cascade High School hosted the MPMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival, where high school musicians (both vocal and instrumental) in High Schools from Monroe to Stanwood have musicians compete on musical competency . Each solo and small ensemble is judged on musicianship rated from 1-5 (1 being the best possible score). The top musicians from each region qualify to participate in the State competition in Ellensburg in April. Participating in the festival this year was:
Kyle Coon, oboe
Josh Bansberg, trumpet
Emily Dunston, flute
Nick Novy, flute
Jenny Baxter, Horn
Caity Kilgore, flute
Sarrah Flynn, flute
Meggie Novy, flute,
MP flute trio (Nick, Emily and Sarrah)

Each of the solos and ensemble received high 2’s, with the exception of Sarrah Flynn, whom received a 1 and qualified as second alternate to State!

Winterguard takes 2nd at Ingraham

posted Feb 17, 2013, 4:09 PM by JOHN RANTS

Making their 1st appearance at Junior Band Night for the middle school and high school band kids, the MP Winterguard demonstrated all their hard work, which was exciting to see. On Saturday, January 27th, they participated in the NWPA Cascade Eval show, where they dazzled the audience, most of which couldn’t believe they were only Scholastic Regional level. Their next appearance was at halftime at the January 30th Basketball game....many people (students and community members alike) were excited to see this new activity at MP. The Winterguard then demonstrated to the entire MP student body at the Winter sports assembly, with overwhelming reviews!

This certainly leads to their competition this past weekend at Ingraham High School, where they performed in competition against: Wenatchee, Shelton, North Kitsap, Enumclaw, Tahoma and Cascade High Schools. Our MP Winterguard placed 2nd in their 1st competition. Outstanding, Kat and the members of the MP Winterguard!!!!

Awning Donation

posted Dec 13, 2012, 2:16 PM by JOHN RANTS

MPBands would like to thank Roy Robinson Cheverolet RV for their donation of an awning for our trailer. The awning was installed (at no cost) over Thanksgiving break and was utilized to the fullest extent at the Merrysville for the Holidays Parade in early December.

Special Guest Narration at Winter Concert

posted Nov 27, 2012, 4:04 PM by JOHN RANTS

The Marysville-Pilchuck High School Wind Ensemble is extremely excited to have State House of Represatives, John McCoy, appear on stage with them at their Winter Concert on December 18th at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. Mr. McCoy will be narrating "Twas the Night Before Christmas" as the Wind Ensemble accompanies him.

The concert will also feature the school's Concert Choir, Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensembles. This festive occasion will certainly put you in the holiday mood.

As always, the music concerts at Marysville-Pilchuck High School are free to the public.

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