Flanagan is not only renowned for the marching aspect, but also in the winter and spring concert band activities. Flanagan boasts two performing Concert Bands, the Symphonic Winds and the Wind Orchestra, and entertains all sorts of crowds in many different venues. Flanagan concert bands also rest on a firm history of accomplishment. In the past, the Wind Orchestra performed at the 2001 BOA Concert Festival in South Carolina, and most recently was named the National Champion of the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In addition, one of our crowning achievements was being named a Demonstration School for the Arts 2004-2006 by the Florida Music Educators Association as well as receiving a Grammy for the arts program. The Wind Orchestra has earned the prestigious Otto J. Kraushaar Award for the sixth consecutive year, and the seventh Award in Flanagan’s history.
In April 2007, The Wind Orchestra completed a performance tour and visit to Washington D.C.. The ensemble performed at the Lincoln Memorial for the Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial Celebration and at the National Adjudicator’s Invitational. The Flanagan Wind Orchestra earned the title of National Champion for 2009.
In january of 2011, The Wind Orchestra performed the premier opening concert for the Florida Music Educators Association Clinic and Conference. They performed new repertoire and featured guard Trumpet Soloist, Brian Neal; formerly with the Dallas Brass.
Most recently, they traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee in April 2012 to compete at the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational. This is the most prestigious concert band and orchestra festival in America today. The Wind Orchestra was awarded the highest honor of Grand Champion. Flanagan also received the “Judge’s Award” for outstanding Woodwinds and Percussion in Concert Performance.
The Flanagan High School Wind Orchestra is under the Direction of Mr. Stephen K. Rivero. The Wind Orchestra has consistently received Straight Superior Ratings at all District and State, Florida Bandmasters Association, Music Performance Assessments. In 2009, the Wind Orchestra completed a performance tour in Washington, D.C. The ensemble performed at the Lincoln Memorial for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration and at the National Adjudicator’s Invitational, where they earned the title of National Champion. In 2011, the Wind Orchestra was the featured Band at the Opening Concert for the Florida Music Educators Clinic and Conference in Tampa, Florida. Most recently, the Wind Orchestra competed at the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Grand National Adjudicators Invitational is the most prestigious Concert Band and Orchestra Festival presented in America today. The Flanagan Wind Orchestra was awarded the highest honor of National Champion, and was recognized with the “Honor Award” for exceptional achievement as a superior performance group. Flanagan also received the “Judge’s Award” in recognition of Outstanding Woodwinds and Percussion in Concert Performance.
The Flanagan Falcon Sound Music Department commissioned “Sapier’s Story” in 2011. Thanks to the generous donation from the Grammy Foundation Flanagan worked with composer Brian Balmages to create this piece.
The Composer of “You Were There” visited Flanagan High School on Monday, February 25, 2008. James Woodward flew into town Sunday Evening at the request of Mr. Rivero and Mr. Maina.
He began Monday with a “Meet the Composer” forum for Students. He entertained questions about composition and music theory. Later that afternoon, James was the focus of the Wind Orchestra Rehearsal as they are preparing his work, “You Were There.”
James gave his “Play by Play” of the piece as he conducted the ensemble. He then listened as Mr. Rivero conducted and rehearsed the Wind Orchestra. All of the students thorughly enjoyed meeting, rehearsing with, and interacting with a “live” Composer!
Mr. Woodward flew back to Phoenix Tuesday morning where he will begin a new piece commissioned by Mr. Rivero, Mr. Maina, and the Flanagan Band Program.