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Congratulations to the Highland High Bands and Orchestras
for their award winning performances at the
Heritage Festival in Anaheim, California

Divisional and Category Awards

Concert Bands - Division 3A

Wind Ensemble - Gold Rating and 1st place

Symphonic Band - Gold Rating and 3rd place

Jazz Band/Stage Band - Division 3A

Jazz Black - Gold Rating and 1st place

String Orchestras - Division 3A

Sinfonia - Gold Rating and 1st place

Symphony Orchestras - Division 3A

Highland Symphony Orchestra - Gold Rating and 1st plac

Overall Festival Awards

Outstanding Band Award

Outstanding Orchestra

Adjudicator Award

Sweepstakes Award
for Instrumental Program


The following students were recognized with Maestro Awards for outstanding solos

Hattie Wallentine - Flute
McKenna Wilson - Piccolo
Rachel Macrane - Flute
Bobby Nunes - Oboe
Andrew Gorrie - Clarinet
Daniel Welsh - Trumpet and Flugelhorn


About Highland High School Bands
Highland High School opened in 1993. The band program has an enrollment of over 350 students which make up the 4 concert bands & 4 jazz bands that meet year round, a competitive marching band with 150+ performers, State Champion Winterguard, & State Champion Winter Concert Percussion Ensemble. The band program provides an outstanding music education and creates positive learning experiences for Highland's student musicians.

Highland has established a tradition of musical excellence. The concert, jazz, and marching bands frequently receive ratings of superior with distinction in Arizona festivals and competes in festivals and competitions all over the Southwest.

The Highland Wind Ensemble has been an Honored Performer at the Arizona Music Education Association State Conference in 2004 & 2009.

Is Music the Key to Success?
(New York Times article 11/12/13)


Parents and Students -

All information will now be communicated, distributed, organized, and inputted through Charms. Please click on the link above to login into Charms.

Our school code is: HighlandHighBands.

If you are new to the Highland Band Program and do not have or know your password, we will be sending that information home the first day of school.

Be Part of the Band -

Interested in the band at Highland High? Click here to view three videos about being part of the band!

Click to download the Band Parents Meeting Presentation
Highland Band March Newsletter

Band Fees

All band fees for all band organizations should be paid. This includes all concert and jazz bands, marching band, guard and winter guard, and winter drum line. If you still owe fees, please make arrangements to get them paid as soon as possible. The bands depend on you.

Highland ASU Jazz Festival, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 26-28

Help us get the word out about this wonderful event. If you have not already, get your tickets now! http://www.highlandjazz.com/

To immerse yourself in the background of one of our feature artists, you may want to see the movie “The Terminal”, where Benny Golson is the reason for the trip. You may also want to watch the documentary, “A Great Day in Harlem”. Our other feature artist is Lewis Nash, the drummer the Phoenix jazz venue, “The Nash” is named after.

It is all about music, but musicians get hungry and thirsty too. Please log in to Charms and sign up to help at the concession stand for a few hours. It’s a fun way to help, and enjoy the music and fresh air.

Goodwill Drive March 26 -28

Please bring all your unwanted items and drop them off at the school during the jazz festival. It’s just like dropping them off at Goodwill, except for one fantastic difference - the band gets money for every pound we collect!

Little Caesar’s Day March 30th

March 30 is Little Caesar’s day! All day, Power and Baseline, no flyer needed. Support our Drum line and the band program at Highland.

Considering Next Year

If you have been thinking about getting more involved with the band program, there are still openings for next year. Please send me an email or give me a call if you would like more information on anything. Your child is growing up right before your eyes, and the high school years go by so very fast. This is a great opportunity to support something they love -Band!


Upcoming Events...

March 26-28 Highland/ASU Jazz Festival  
  - Goodwill Drive  
  - WGAZ State Championships for Winterguard and Drumline  
March 30 Little Caeser's Day All Day

Highland Bands & Highland/ASU Jazz Festival
Corporate Sponsors

A very special thank you to everyone that supported the Highland High School Marching Band's drive to replace our sousaphones!
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