Beautiful music scheduled for Bethel


As the Graham reporter for the Eatonville Dispatch I learned that the music programs in the Bethel School District, particularly at Graham-Kapowsin High School and Frontier Junior High, are superb.  Many concerts that I heard were at professional levels, and I enjoyed them immensely.  In fact, one night at Frontier during their Jazz Festival, I wished that the FJH all-star ensemble would re-take the stage for the Grand Finale rather than the “ringers” BSD had brought in – a competent but boring group of adult professionals and music faculty from PLU.  They could – and should – have learned something from the kids.

 Below is a report from Graham’s Debra Blount announcing a number of interesting concerts scheduled for Graham-Kapowsin High School.  These concerts are usually free and open to the public.


Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 PM at the GKHS Auditorium

Mountainview High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band from Vancouver, Washington, are both award-winning bands.  The Jazz Band took first place in the “AAA” Division at the Clark College, January 28, 2011, and the Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at the Washington Music Educator’s Association (WMEA) annual conference in Yakima.

 The GK Wind Ensemble and Jazz band will also be performing.


Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 PM in the GKHS Auditorium

The highly regarded Texas State Wind Ensemble will be performing.

“Over the past twenty years, the Wind Ensemble has established itself as one of the most outstanding collegiate wind ensembles in the nation.  The 50-student-member ensemble has performed for many prestigious music associations, such as the Music Educators National Conference,” says their website, .

The GK band program is quite renowned, as well.  The Jazz Band placed first in the Auburn-Riverside Jazz Festival division 4-A, last January, and the Wind Ensemble has also been asked to perform for the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) annual conference in Yakima.

This year GK is sending 22 musicians to the State Solo & Ensemble competition at CWU April 29th and 30th.  Last year at the State Solo & Ensemble competition GK’s bass clarinet soloist took first for the second year in a row, the trumpet soloist placed 2nd and the brass quintet placed third for large brass ensembles.  Most adults who have not heard these students will be blown away, frankly by their professional performances.

We would love to have a big crowd for both events.

Thanks for your interest,

Debra Blount, Treasurer Graham-Kapowsin Band, Parents Association


In addition, Krista Carlson, BSD Communications Director, announced this week that the 3rd Annual Art-Tech Fair will be held this Saturday.  I make a point of going to this high-energy, Big Gizmo and Beautiful Art show.  Again, it’s free, and a very special celebration of what the young generation is up to in many facets of life.

Below is Krista’s flyer on the Fair.

Contact: Krista Carlson, Director of Communications

W: 253.683.6051

For immediate release:

Bethel Schools Celebrate Learning with Possibilities 2011

Annual Art/Tech Fair to draw large crowds to Spanaway Lake High School

 Student work from all Bethel Schools will be showcased this weekend at the annual Bethel Technology Fair & Art Festival.  This year’s event includes: robotics competitions, interactive technology booths, science fair projects and a student technology competition.  Plus, there will be an Electrifying Science Show called Volts and Jolts. 

 For those interested in the arts, literally hundreds of student artists will be on display. Artwork in both 2D and 3D mediums will be adjudicated based on student grade levels. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second, third and honorable mention in each category. Several outstanding pieces will also receive the Superintendent’s Choice designation and will become part of the district’s permanent collection.   

  The Technology Fair & Art Festival will be held Saturday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spanaway Lake High School. The school is located at 1305 168th Street East in Spanaway.  This event is open to everyone.  Admission is free.

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