Premiere Orchestra

Rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Musicians are expected to arrive and be prepared to rehearse 15 minutes prior to start time.


Rehearsals Fall Quarter Dates
Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm Season 2024-25 rehearsal dates will
be announced Summer 2024.
Rehearsal Location Drop Off/ Pick Up
TBA Plan on prompt drop off and pick up to avoid
Concert  Time & Date
Retreat  Time & Date
TBA Retreats typically happen on one Saturday
in the Fall & Winter Quarters.

Student Checklist

  • Bring a music stand
  • Bring a pencil
  • Print your sheet music prior to first rehearsal (using link at top of this page) and bring with you to rehearsal
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal to ensure you are in your chair and ready to play at the start of rehearsal
  • Have fun!


Premiere Orchestra is an intermediate orchestra in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra organization. The typical Premiere Orchestra student has had some private instruction and school ensemble experience and is working to improve technical proficiency.

Premiere Orchestra introduces young musicians to full orchestral instrumentation (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) with repertoire that appropriately challenges their experience level. Past works performed include Brahms’s Hungarian Dances 5 & 6, Vaughan Williams’s Rhosymedre, and Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 7 in D minor.

Recent Premiere Orchestra Performance

Conductor: David Drassal

David Drassal is a Tri-Cities area native, where he attended Southridge High School, playing trumpet in the bands and violin in the orchestra. He began Suzuki violin lessons at age 7 with Melvina Romanelli in Richland, WA and went on to receive a B.M. and M.A. in Music Education from Central Washington University. Mr. Drassal started with BYSO in 2007 as a violin coach for Premiere and has been the director for the Premiere Orchestra since 2013. Mr. Drassal also teaches orchestra at Tyee Middle School in Bellevue. Learn more.

Contact David Drassal at

Messages from the Conductor

Spring Quarter 2024

Welcome to Spring Quarter 2024!


This spring we will be working on 3 different pieces from three different time periods, regions, and styles.

Our first piece will be Handel’s “March from Scipio” from an opera composed in 1726.

The second piece is the Scherzo, Allegro Giocoso, from the fourth symphony composed by Johannes Brahms in 1884 and premiered in 1885. This was the final symphony that Brahms composed before his death in 1897.

We will end our program and season with a crowd favorite, Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson. Blue Tango was composed in 1951 and published the following year. At the time of this composition, Anderson was employed as a composer for the Boston Pops Orchestra. The Tango is a partner dance that originated in Argentina.

Recordings for Reference- These are all very popular pieces and you can find hundreds of good recordings of all of them. Here are a few recordings that I have found to get you started.

March from Scipio

Brahms Symphony No. 4- Allegro Giocoso

Blue Tango

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