The National Association of Music Merchants has awarded BHS with a Support Music Merit Award!

A total of ninety-eight schools were chosen nationwide. Ballard High School is the only school in Washington state to receive this award.

A SMMA Award recognizes an individual school for their commitment to and support of music education. The award recognizes and celebrates the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and are working to ensure that it is part of a well-rounded education for all children. Over the 20 years of the survey, this designation has helped school music programs maintain and, in many cases, increase funding for music education programs. The award highlights music as a national education issue and shows what your school or community is doing to provide opportunities for music learning. The award also enables educators to draw attention to music programs that are sometimes overlooked or not fully understood by members of the public beyond the school community.

2019


2018

  • Wind Ensemble feature performance at WMEA Conference
  • Jazz Band wins Outstanding Big Band Award at UW Jazz Festival
  • Orchestra wins 1st runner-up at National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center
  • Fiddle Ensemble wins 1st place at WWU Orchestra Festival
  • Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale perform by invitation at L.A. Festival for Top Choirs
  • Jazz Band finalist for Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and Essentially Ellington
  • Jazz Band selected for Hot Java, Cool Jazz at the Paramount

2017

  • Wind Ensemble wins Gold Award at Carnegie Hall’s New York International Music Festival
  • Marching Band wins 1st place at Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival Parade
  • Symphonic Orchestra wins 2nd place at Northwest Orchestra Festival
  • Jazz Band wins Outstanding Big Band Award at UW Jazz Festival

2016

  • Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale perform at Carnegie Hall for Choir Nationals
  • Chamber Orchestra selected for feature performance at National ASTA Conference
  • Jazz Band wins Outstanding Big Band Award at UW Jazz Festival
  • Concert Choir invited to perform the National Anthem for State of the State address
  • Jazz Band places 4th at Reno Jazz Festival
  • Children of Eden earns multiple award nominations including Best Musical in Washington State from the 5th Avenue Theatre 

2015

  • Solo/Ensemble State Winners: Percussion Ensemble - 3rd place, Baritone Voice - 3rd place, Women's Vocal Duet - 3rd place
  • Solo/Ensemble Regional Winners: Percussion Large Ensemble, Men's Quartet, Vocal Jazz, Women's Duet, Mixed Duet, and 6 soloists
  • Jazz Band – invitation to Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA and awarded Outstanding Soloist (vocals)
  • Chamber Orchestra - WWU Orchestra Festival, Gold Award
  • Symphonic Orchestra - WWU Orchestra Festival, Gold Award
  • Fiddle Ensemble - WWU Orchestra Festival, 1st place in Eclectic Strings Division
  • Best Supporting Actress - 5th Avenue Awards
  • Student Achievement Award - 5th Avenue Awards
  • Concert Choir and Advanced Women’s Chorale invited to perform at Carnegie Hall for 2016 COA Nationals for Top Choirs

2014

  • Concert Choir feature performance at NW American Choral Directors Association Conference
  • Jazz Band selected for Swing Central Jazz! at the Savannah Music Festival
  • Solo/Ensemble Regional Winners: Women’s Chamber Choir, Men’s Quartet, Brass Quintet, Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz Band – Hot Java Cool Jazz invitation for 3rd consecutive year
  • Chamber Orchestra - WWU Orchestra Festival, Gold Award
  • Symphonic Orchestra - WWU Orchestra Festival, Gold Award
 

2013

  • Jazz Band –1st place win at Mt. Hood Jazz Festival
  • Men’s Quartet – 1st place win at State Solo/Ensemble Competition
  • Solo/Ensemble Regional Winners: Men's Quartet and Percussion Duo
  • Chamber Orchestra - WWU Orchestra Festival, Gold Award
  • Symphonic Orchestra - WWU Orchestra Festival, Gold Award

2012 

  • Regional Solo/Ensemble Winners: Women’s Chamber Choir,Women’s Trio,Men’s Quartet,Percussion Trio 
  • Jazz Band Invited to Perform on Starbucks’“Hot Java/ Cool Jazz Concert” at the Paramount Theater” 

2011 

  • Western Washington University Orchestra Festival – Gold Award 
  • Festival Sweepstakes Award at Vancouver “Heritage Festival”, Concert Choir – Gold Rating and 2nd Place in 3A division,Treble Choir – Gold Rating and 2nd Place in 3A division; Orchestra – 1st Place in 3A division, Adjudicators Award, Best Overall Orchestra 
  • Recognized as one of the top 20 Jazz Bands in the nation through the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival 
  • 5th Avenue Theater’s High School Musical Theater Award for Outstanding Orchestra 

2010

  • Concert Choir Invited to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of the Distinguished Concerts International Series 
  • 1st Place AA Women’s Choir, Overall High School Choir Award at Wild Waves “Music in the Parks” Festival 
  • 2nd Place Orchestra, Gold Rating, Adjudicators Award, Spirit of New York City Award at New York “Heritage Festival”

2009

  • 2nd Place AAAA Band at the Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival 
  • 1st Place AA Orchestra, Best Overall Orchestra, Esprit de Corps Award at Silverwood at “Music in the Parks” Festival 
  • 1st Place AA Women’s Choir at Wild Waves “Music in the Parks” Festival 
  • Concert Choir Gold Rating at Anaheim Heritage Festival 

2008 

  • 1st Place Orchestra at San Francisco Heritage Music Festival 
  • Best Overall Band at the Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival


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