Congratulations! Madison Middle School musicians’ big wins

Thanks to Sheryl Guyon for sharing photos and news of Madison Middle School musicians’ success

Madison Middle School has an award-winning Music Department. They competed this weekend at Music in the Parks in Silverwood, Idaho. Under the expert direction of Mr. Clark Bathum, the concert band won 1st place for their division!

The Orchestra and Jazz band were pleased to each win second place, most notably with an excellent rating. The competition was intense this year, with more than 1,800 music students attending from Northwest high schools and middle schools. The school is incredibly proud of Jonah Elbaum, who was awarded Outstanding Jazz Soloist:

As one of the youngest members of the jazz band, his award is exceptional. Perhaps the greatest compliment of all came at the end of the trip. The hotel manager noted that this was the most polite and respectful group of young people they have ever had stay at the hotel. Mr. Bathum expects the very best from his students and this remarkable group of young people never fails to deliver.

According to the Madison home page, you’ll be able to see the award-winning young musicians in concert before the school year ends – the orchestra and jazz concert is listed for this Thursday (June 4th), the band concert for next Monday (June 8th), both at 7 pm.

9 Replies to "Congratulations! Madison Middle School musicians' big wins"

  • Gary June 2, 2015 (7:45 am)

    Congratulations to all the great musicians at Madison, we are so proud of you!
    Nice work, Jonah.

  • WSince86 June 2, 2015 (8:03 am)

    Congratulations! That is just fantastic!! And the compliment from the manager is the icing on the cake.

  • Patricia June 2, 2015 (8:11 am)

    Hey, what a great accomplishment! I am proud of my good friend Peter Guyon. It takes years of effort and dedication for such achievement and honor. Congratulations to the music groups – and the “coach”. Way to go! Patricia

  • New In Town June 2, 2015 (9:27 am)

    What a compliment from the hotel! Middle school is a hard time to keep oneself pulled together, since they look like teenagers but sometimes want to act like little kids. This group made Madison and all of their parents (and peers) very proud. WELL DONE, MUSICIANS! Oh, and all of that musical talent, that’s pretty impressive, too. ;-)

  • LMS June 2, 2015 (9:57 am)

    Congrats Madison musicians! Awesome job and a great group of kids!

  • miws June 2, 2015 (11:36 am)

    Congrats, to the Madison Musicians!


    And extra props for getting the “5-Star Review” from the hotel manager! I’ve read many horror stories online from hotel employees about not so young, and not so well behaved patrons.



  • musician2 June 2, 2015 (2:46 pm)

    This is fantastic!! It is so nice to see the music department thriving in our school system..this is what kids need. A big congratulations to all the kids for playing their paid off! Keep the music coming please!

  • Denny/Sealth dad June 2, 2015 (7:42 pm)

    Congratulations to Jonah! Way to go. I’m thrilled that West Seattle students are thriving in the music programs in both middle schools here.

  • samantha June 3, 2015 (11:12 am)

    congrats madison students looked like you had fun! Great review from the manager at the hotel can’t wait to see what will happen next year!
    Also congrats to Jonah! if you keep participating in music bands you’ll be famous one day! Great thanks to the especially awesome band teacher Mr. Bathum! Madison students should be so greatful to have such a good teacher!!!!!

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