Madison’s Music in the Parks success, & West Seattle concerts ahead

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Congratulations to the musicians at Madison Middle School, back from an out-of-state festival with some major honors. Music teacher Clark Bathum shares photos and a report, plus word of their upcoming concerts here at home:

Last weekend 100 Madison Middle School band and orchestra students and 16 brave parents, grandparents, and staff had a fantastic time on their annual 3-day trip to the Music in the Parks Festival in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

All of our groups represented West Seattle well against some extremely tough competition. Madison’s string orchestra and concert band both finished second in their divisions, receiving ratings of “excellent.” The Jazz Band won their division and also earned an “excellent” rating. Madison 7th grade saxophonist Logan Schiller played fantastically and continued a dominant Madison win streak becoming the 9th straight Madison student to win the Outstanding Middle School/Jr High Jazz Soloist Award:

After the competition on Saturday morning students had a great time riding rollercoasters and attending the awards ceremony at Silverwood Theme Park.

Congratulations to all of our young musicians for representing Madison and your community so well on and off stage!

With our trip behind us all of the Madison music groups have thrown themselves into preparation for our upcoming spring concerts so come and check them out. Our spring band concert will be on Tuesday, June 5 and our orchestra and jazz concert will be on Thursday, June 7. Both concerts will start at 7:00 pm in the Madison Commons. We would love to see you there.

(We’re adding those dates to the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar, which always welcomes listings for school events and already has lots for the weeks before school lets out – just please e-mail us with as much lead time as possible! Thanks!)

7 Replies to "Madison's Music in the Parks success, & West Seattle concerts ahead"

  • KC May 25, 2012 (10:09 am)

    Awesome job, Madison!

  • bushed! May 25, 2012 (12:26 pm)

    I can say that I survived chaperoning 100 MS students. Whew! What a great experience for them. Thanks, Mr Bathum, Ms Shields and the Madison administration for letting us go on this trip!

  • Anne May 25, 2012 (12:45 pm)

    Many thanks to Mr. Bathum for taking all those kids on a trip they will never forget. His leadership as a music teacher has motivated our student to love band class and music.

  • Lfauntleroy May 25, 2012 (1:13 pm)

    Way to Go Logan! Thanks WSB for posting this. What a terrific accomplishment!

  • enzo May 25, 2012 (6:06 pm)

    Great job, Mr. Bathum and Madison!!! YEAH! Logan!

  • your neighbors May 25, 2012 (6:36 pm)

    Way to go Logan!! Nice work!

  • Todd C. May 26, 2012 (11:04 am)

    I gotta say, these kids were awesome travel buddies. Being a chaperone with this group was a 2012 highlight for me! Thank you Clark for all you do to give these kids the experience they get in the Madison Music Department. You’ve truly built something special. We’re talkin legacy, baby! I feel lucky to have been part of the weekend.

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