For second straight year, UCS band selected to perform at prestigious conference
For second straight year, UCS band selected to perform at prestigious conference
Posted on 06/15/2018
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For the second straight year, a Utica Community Schools ensemble has been selected to perform at a prestigious gathering of statewide music educators.

The Eisenhower High School Wind Ensemble is one of five Michigan high school bands selected to perform at the 2019 Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids.

The 50-member ensemble will perform 45 minute of music on January 25, 2019 at DeVos Hall, home of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Guest conductors and a professional solo artist performing a concerto will be joining the band. The band is under the direction of Eisenhower music teacher Christopher Traskal.

The ensemble performs at Eisenhower Instrumental Music Concerts, MSBOA District 16 Band/Orchestra Festivals, and MSBOA State Festivals.  The group has also performed with the Oakland University Wind Symphony, Oakland University Brass Band and the Motor City Brass Band.

The Eisenhower Wind Ensemble has garnered recognition throughout Michigan for creative music programming and overall performance quality.  At the premier instrumental ensemble at Eisenhower HS, the Wind Ensemble has been consistent recipients of First Divisions at MSBOA District and State Festivals.

In 2015 the Band was honored to have been a part of the Michigan Music Concert (MMC) Opening Night "Collage Concert" in DeVos Hall.

Bands band throughout Michigan auditioned for the right to perform at the conference. Entries were judged during a blind audition by a listening panel of instrumental music teachers.

The ensemble is the first Utica Community Schools concert ensemble selected to perform at the annual conference.

In 2018, the Malow Junior High School Jazz band was selected to perform at the conference.

Utica Community Schools continues to be honored at state and national level for the high quality of its music program. For the fourth time, the district was selected this year as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education.