RCHS musician Nick Hamblin earns high honor


Nick Hamblin, a student of clarinet and a member of the RCHS wind ensemble at Riverview Community High School, has been named a Michigan Youth Arts Distinguished Scholar and invited to participate in the 57th annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival, May 9-11, 2019, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Nearly 1,000 Michigan high school student artists have been invited to attend this year’s Festival. The students, chosen from a pool of more than 250,000 across the state, are selected via a rigorous adjudication process adhering to exacting artistic standards.

The invited scholars represent multiple artistic disciplines, including creative writing, dance, film/video, instrumental and vocal music, music composition, theatre, and visual art. 2019 marks the 57th anniversary of this three-day event, featuring workshops and master classes for the students, alongside more than 20 student performances and exhibitions that are open to the public.

Hamblin has been chosen to be the featured soloist performing a Mozart Concerto, and will be accompanied by the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Michigan Youth Arts is an alliance of 11 statewide education associations that work together collaboratively to develop high quality arts education programming, recognize the contributions of valuable teachers, and provide advocacy resources for parents, educators and policymakers.

The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is an annual showcase that recognizes, supports, and celebrates the artistic excellence of young artists in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.michiganyoutharts.org


On Thursday, April 25, 2019, the RCHS Wind Ensemble traveled to Garden City High School to participate in the MSBOA State Band Festival.
The band gave a terrific performance and earned a first division superior rating.

Following the performance, the band received a special music clinic from Mr. Michael Kaufmann, a distinguished music teacher. Kaufmann gave the band advice to improve their performance skills even more.

The band celebrated their state-level performance with a special dinner at DeLuca’s restaurant in Westland. Congratulations band on a great achievement.

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