INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Following the West Orange High School (WOHS) Wind Ensemble’s well-received send-off concert on March 6, the ensemble traveled to the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis and wowed adjudicators, clinicians and audiences.

The Music For All Festival, presented by Yamaha, is considered to be the nation’s most prestigious festival for school instrumental-music ensemble.

"It was a great trip," said Wind Ensemble director Lew Kelly. "The kids played fantastically... it was unbelievable."

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This year celebrates the Festival’s 26th year, and the WOHS Wind Ensemble was one of 59 high school and middle school concert band and percussion ensembles from across the nation to be selected to perform.

The ensemble performed in concert, was evaluated by renowned music educators and participated in master classes and special events throughout the March 9-11 weekend. The WOHS Wind Ensemble was selected by a panel of esteemed educators and by recorded audition.

In her recap of the trip, Kelly said all of the adjudicators and clinicians had nothing but praise for the Wind Ensemble and were very impressed by the WOHS students’ level.

“The trip was a great experience for everyone involved,” he said. “The students performed in a beautiful hall, to a very receptive, large audience. The clinic provided was from some of the top music educators in the country. The students got to hear many other great groups from around the country. They also participated in master classes from some of the top players and Yamaha Performing Artists on their specific instrument." 

Kelly concluded by saying that the students represented their community and school in such a manner that the entire township should be proud of them. Overall, he said it was a very musically rewarding experience.