Awards & Accolades

The Mercer Island Band Program has garnered numerous awards and achievements including:

  • Recognized as part of the Proceedings and Debates of the 112th Congress as a band that is “…respected and admired around the world.”
  • Selected as one of 50 Grammy Signature Schools in recognition for exceptional achievement in arts education 1998-99 and 2002-03
  • Performer, Tournament of Roses; Pasadena, California 1993, 2006 and 2012
  • Invited performer 2010 WMEA State Convention
  • Invited participant in the London New Year’s Day Parade 2011
  • 1st place awards at Jazz Northwest, Bellevue Jazz Festival, Clark College Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and Sweepstakes award at Newport Jazz Festival and Jazz Northwest.
  • Selected the last 6 years for KPLU’s “School of Jazz Project”
  • 12 State Solo Ensemble winners in the last 5 years
  • Completed a successful ten day cultural and musical exchange in China during 2008
  • Sugar Bowl; New Orleans, Louisiana 1991
  • Superior Ratings at national festivals including the Dixie Classic Invitational in Washington D.C. and the Heritage Concert Band Festival in Chicago. IL
  • Consistent superior ratings in local and regional festivals
  • Over 50 students selected to participate in the All-State and All Northwest honor ensembles during the last 5 years
  • 4 Students Selected to the National Wind Ensemble under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds
  • Performed with world-class musicians such as Wycliffe Gordon, Hummie Mann, and Allen Vizzutti.
  • Featured performer at Seattle Seahawks Football games
  • Invited performer at the 2009 MLS Cup
  • 3 time WIAA Academic Champions