New Trier High School has been selected as one of only six schools across the country to receive the National Band Association’s inaugural Blue Ribbon Award for Programs of Excellence.
The national distinction follows New Trier’s selection as a Division winner in early November.
“This is a significant moment in the history of our band program at New Trier,” said Matt Temple, New Trier’s Director of Bands. “We are very proud of our students for earning this honor.”
The National Band Association is the largest association of its kind in the world. Its mission is to promote the musical and educational significance of bands, and to foster high levels of excellence in their music-making. The application process required the submission of materials from the past three school years, including concert programs, ratings at solo/ensemble festivals, performances at significant local and national festivals, and 40 minutes of audio recordings.
Chip DeStefano, a member of the NBA Board, will be at New Trier’s concert on Wednesday, April 30, to present the Blue Ribbon Award to Winnetka Campus Principal Denise Hibbard. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the Varsity Wind Ensemble, Concert Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Concert Choir.
Members of the public are highly encouraged to come hear New Trier’s award-winning musicians at this and other upcoming concerts. A full schedule can be found on the Performing Arts website: http://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/page.aspx?id=926.