Band Accolades

Foothill's wind ensemble was the sole music group selected to perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno.

Only one high school band is chosen to perform at this annual event, sponsored by the California Band Directors Association. It is a highly prestigious honor to be the band selected to perform. The wind ensemble was directed by Foothill conductor Josh Butterfield and guest conductors Jonathan Grantham of Amador Valley High School and Tim Harris of Chabot College. The weekend event was held Feb. 16-19.

The wind ensemble performed an hour-long concert, ending their show by performing their last piece with The Dallas Brass, a professional music group. Several Foothill parents traveled to Fresno for the show, as did Principal John Dwyer and Vice Principal Rich Gorton.

In addition to the concert, 11 students performed with The Dallas Brass on Saturday as part of a clinic the professional group put on for music educators. Students who took part in that performance are:

Aaron Yang
Matthew Abbey
Amir Sahabi
Rhiannon Kelly
Nick Santiago
Michael Meechan
Nicole Wiederecht
Mark Yoshida
Kenny Shin
Alex Lin
Ryan Ayres

The weekend ended with the All-State Honor Bands performing a concert. Four Foothill students were honored for being chosen for the all-state band for multiple years. Foothill's honor band students are:

Andrew Abbey (4-year member)
Alex Gu
Ji Min Kim (5-year member)
Minsu Kim
Kim Stephenson
Justin Wan (5-year member)
Mark Yoshida (6-year member)

Several Foothill students were also selected to perform with the 16th annual All-Northern High School Honor Band at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton in late January. Those students are:

Andrew Abbey (4-year member)
Andy Hu
Michael Meechan
Cameron Najim
Kenny Shin
Nicole Wiederecht
Mark Yoshida (4-year member)

Congratulations to all of Foothill's talented musicians.

PHOTOS from top:
Foothill's wind ensemble performs under the direction of Josh Butterfield

Foothill students with The Dallas Brass professional band
All-Northern Honor Band students
All-State Honor Band students (Kim Stephenson, Justin Wan & Alex Gu not shown)

Posted Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012