Welcome to the website of the
Manchester High School Band Program!
The band program at Manchester High School has provided thousands of students in the MHS community with a truly comprehensive and dynamic music experience. Current ensembles offered include Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Stage Band, Jazz Combo, Beginning & Advanced Percussion Ensembles, and Chamber Ensembles.
Two MHS bands did terrific performances at the May 16 Great East Festival. The MHS Concert Band was awarded the festival's highest honor, the platinum medal. The MHS Jazz Ensemble also received a high award by earning a gold medal. Congratulations to all of our band members!
Manchester High School has a State and New England Championship team…the MHS Marching Band. The MHSMB topped a highly competitive field of bands in Division 1A at JFK Stadium in Bridgeport, CT on Saturday in the USBands New England States Championship competition. This caps off a highly successful season that began with a 3rd place finish in Norwich, 2nd Place in Rockville, 1st Place in Southington, culminating in both the Connecticut and New England Championship award in Bridgeport.
Drum Majors Grant Eagleson, Nathan Edwards, and colorguard captain Hannah Hokanson represented the Manchester band in the awards ceremony to accept not only the 1st place trophy, but also the award for "Best Music" in front of thousands of enthusiastic marching band fans. Manchester Band Parents Association President Craig Johnson witnessed the students' reaction when the "Manchester High School 1st Place" announcement was made and he said that the band members were "excited beyond belief". Senior drum major Nathan Edwards said "the feeling was unlike any other competition we had knowing that the hard work and details that we worked on at practice showed in the performance. The best performance we've had all year". Band parent Maggie Brewer said "wow".
Enjoy a nice feature article about how the MHSMB prepares for a season of performances. CLICK HERE.
Band students can have some fun visiting THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC KIDS ZONE.