North Hills School District News Article

North Hills Wind Ensemble to perform at Music for All National Festival

Posted Thursday, September 12, 2019
2018-19 North Hills Wind Ensemble

PITTSBURGH -- The North Hills High School Wind Ensemble will perform on a national stage next spring at the prestigious 2020 Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Made up of 48 students in grades 9-12, the wind ensemble was selected as one of just 16 bands in the country and the only one from Pennsylvania. North Hills is also the smallest school district invited to perform.

The world-renowned Music for All National Festival is recognized for its aura of heritage and iconic musical legacy. Col. Arnald Gabriel, Conductor Emeritus of the U.S. Air Force Band, has called it the “epitome of music festivals in the world.”

“For our high school, it is like winning a national championship in concert bands,” said Len Lavelle, the band’s director. “We’re honored and excited for the opportunity to represent our school, our district and our community on a national stage.”

In eight of the last nine years, North Hills has been a featured ensemble at either the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) State Convention or the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-East Convention. For a concert band, performing at the PMEA Convention is like winning a state championship. Performing at the All-Eastern Convention is the highest accomplishment for a concert band within the NAfME.

The Music for All National Festival will take place March 12-14, 2020. Thousands will attend including leaders in music education from around the world.

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