Mead Jazz Festival

For the first time in 6 years a Cheney High School jazz band has placed at a jazz festival. Not only that, but they took first place in their division! A lot of hard work was put in by the students so far this year and it has definitely paid off! Congratulations to jazz one on their placement yesterday!

Montana Jazz Festival

We took a little adventure to the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival as a district this weekend. All 3 district jazz bands played great! Below is a list of those that got recognized throughout the day yesterday!

Buddy DeFranco jazz festival recognitions.

Larry Gookin Outstanding Trombone Section Award: (the award they received will be sitting in the front office by Monday morning for all to see)
Sara Nanny
Peter Hampson
Paige King
Colton Foster

Outstanding soloist honorable mention: 
Carter Little, CHS

Outstanding musician recognitions: 
Carter Little, CHS
Jacob Simonsen, CHS
Hunter Smith, CHS
Dezmon Atkins, CHS
Ethan Hall, CHS
Elizabeth Bae, WMS
Kaitlynn Low, WMS
Sean San Pedro, WMS
Tess King, CMS
Landon Moad, CMS
Colin Chen, CMS

Veteran’s Day Assemblies

On Friday, November 9th, Jazz 1 will be visiting Sunset and Windsor Elementary Schools to provide live music for veteran’s day assemblies. Students will meet at the high school around 7:45am and depart for Sunset at 8am. Jazz 1 students will arrive back at the high school around 4:00pm after we help tear down at Windsor. Jazz 2 students will have regular 0 hour rehearsal that day.

On Wednesday, November 14th, both jazz bands will take part in clinics all day (9am-3pm) with the Central Washington University jazz band who is coming to visit the Cheney SD that day. Students will need to bring $5 for a massive pizza order. We will come back together for a 7pm concert in which both bands are playing at CMS. Call time will be 6:30pm.

 Basketball Pep Band is fast approaching. Please remember that jazz band students are required to attend these games unless they are participating in a winter sport that has a conflict. Here is the dates of those basketball games. All games will have a call time of 5:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Nov 27th                 Dec 7th                      Dec 18th

Jan 11th                    Jan 15th   Jan 19th (4pm call)

Jan 22nd Jan 29th


Marching Band Concludes

Yesterday our 2018 marching band season concluded with our best performance of the season in finals at WSU. We finished in 6th place with a score of 77.9. All of the marching band staff are very proud of what the students did this season. They have a lot to be proud of.

The day before we held our awards night and final performance. This year we began awarding the “National School Marching Award” which recognizes outstanding contributions on the field. It honors the musical contributions and dedication of student leaders whose example inspires others. Our first recipient of this award went to one of our senior baritones, Sara Nanny. Great job Sara!

Our end of the year slideshow will be available for purchase starting tomorrow. Please see Mr. Wisswell for an order form. It is our goal to have this completed and ready for distribution the day before winter break begins. It will also be our goal to have the 2019 marching band show reveal at the end of the slideshow!

Thank you students to your commitment to the season, and let’s have a great rest of the 2018/19 school year!

Marching Band in full swing!

The marching band season is in full swing. With 2 and a half week of camp, 3 football games, and the month of September behind us, the group has really picked up a head of steam going into this week. This is the last rehearsal week before our first competitive competition at Joe Albi Stadium on October 13th. The students are excited and ready to show Spokane what we have been up to the last couple of months. We hope to see many of our family, friends, and alumni there to support their hardworking Blackhawk Marching Band.

State Solo and Ensemble

We want to wish our percussion ensemble and soloists Josh Sweeney, Lindsay Rogers, and Andrew Samuelson good luck as they head to the WMEA state solo and ensemble contest this Friday and Saturday in Ellensburg, WA. 

Another round of Clinics!

We will be hosting another color guard clinic this Saturday the 10th from 10am-noon. Grades 6-11 welcome!

We will also be hosting our second round of percussion auditions for the 2018 CHS Marching Band on Saturday from 8am-noon. The goal of this will be to set the drumline and front ensemble for the 2018 fall season.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

Color Guard Clinic!

On January 13th, we will be hosting an open color guard clinic for any Cheney School District middle or high school student. No experience required. 9am-1pm. Bring athletic clothes, water, and a snack. No fee. ALL experience levels welcome. Grades 6-12.

Marching Band Camp 2017

As the August Band camp season came to a close last night, we were about to see all of the hard work that students were up to the last two and a half weeks. Students previewed their 2017 production to parents, family, friends, and alumni. That was after our annual water balloon fight of course! Please remember that as we enter the school year regular practices occur after school on Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm-5pm. Students will be able to ride the activity bus as long as they have turned in their activity packets and receive their bus pass. Hopefully the students enjoy a couple of days off and are ready to pick up where we left off on Thursday!!!


This year we have decided to restart the mailing of a summer newsletter to help bridge the gap from the final day of school, to the start of camp in early August. These letter have all been addressed, are currently being taped, and will be dropped in the mail tomorrow. Look for these to show up in your mailbox late this week, or early next week! Hope everyone has been enjoying the warm weather. Hopefully it cools off a little bit for camp. At least one could hope...


We hope that everyone is enjoying their summer! Hoopfest cleanup is in the books, prop design is underway with construction beginning on Monday, and more show design commences next week. If you would like your music, please contact Mr. Wisswell at and he can get it to you via email.


As an extra fundraiser to get drum slips for our drums this year, the percussion students, are going to be putting on a car wash this summer to help cover the costs. We are in need of donations of your unused or heavily used towels. These can be brought to Mr. Sonnemaker any time between now and the end of the school year.

-Cheney High School Bands 5/22/17


We are in need of volunteers to help with trash clean up this year at hoopfest. If you are available to help June 24 and/or June 25 please contact us to sign up for a shift.

-Cheney High School Bands 5/22/17

Lilac Parade

Our students did an amazing job at the Lilac Parade on Saturday. Please check out the gallery to see a couple new photos from this year's parade. Up next, our final concerts of the year!

-Cheney High School Bands 5/11/17