2016 YEAR-IN-REVIEW

The internet loved talking about how terrible and scary 2016 was for everyone. However for MYRO, it was the turning point for us as an organization. Incredible experiences and performances, new directions and new students. Take a look at the highlights of Maine Youth Rock Orchestra in 2016.

JANUARY

MYRO went down to Jamaica Plains in Boston, MA to record a 3-song EP at Dimension  Sound Studio with The Ballroom Thieves and engineer Dan Cardinal. 

MYRO went down to Jamaica Plains in Boston, MA to record a 3-song EP at Dimension  Sound Studio with The Ballroom Thieves and engineer Dan Cardinal. 

FEBRUARY

NPR First Watch with Bob Boilen premiered our music video 'Bury Me Smiling' with The Ballroom Thieves, which was produced and edited by Herman Mantis.

NPR First Watch with Bob Boilen premiered our music video 'Bury Me Smiling' with The Ballroom Thieves, which was produced and edited by Herman Mantis.

Consequence of Sound premiered our single 'Brother' recorded with The Ballroom Thieves.

Consequence of Sound premiered our single 'Brother' recorded with The Ballroom Thieves.

APRIL

MYRO went on 9-day tour of the east coast, playing shows from Maine to Virginia with The Ballroom Thieves. his was the first time in history a youth orchestra has toured with a band. A documentary about the groundbreaking tour will be released in 2017. 

MYRO went on 9-day tour of the east coast, playing shows from Maine to Virginia with The Ballroom Thieves. his was the first time in history a youth orchestra has toured with a band. A documentary about the groundbreaking tour will be released in 2017. 

JUNE

Performed on the Main Stage at Mountain Jam Festival with The Ballroom Thieves. Other artists featured on this stage are The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Michael Franti and many more. 

Performed on the Main Stage at Mountain Jam Festival with The Ballroom Thieves. Other artists featured on this stage are The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Michael Franti and many more. 

MYRO performed with Gregory Alan Isakov and the Ghost Orchestra at the State Theatre on June 20th in Portland. MYRO was 1 of 2 youth orchestras nationally that had the opportunity to accompany Gregory Alan Isakov. 

MYRO performed with Gregory Alan Isakov and the Ghost Orchestra at the State Theatre on June 20th in Portland. MYRO was 1 of 2 youth orchestras nationally that had the opportunity to accompany Gregory Alan Isakov

JULY

MYRO was named 'Best Band' by DownEast Magazine for their 2016 Best of Maine issue.

MYRO was named 'Best Band' by DownEast Magazine for their 2016 Best of Maine issue.

Establishing as our own 501(c)(3) organization, we moved to our new location above the State Theatre in the Arts District of Portland. We are excited to call this beautiful space home!

Establishing as our own 501(c)(3) organization, we moved to our new location above the State Theatre in the Arts District of Portland. We are excited to call this beautiful space home!

AUGUST

Performing at L.L. Bean Summer in the Park Concert Series with The Ballroom Thieves. 

Performing at L.L. Bean Summer in the Park Concert Series with The Ballroom Thieves. 

SEPTEMBER

Our MYRO Rocktet performed at the Portland Museum of Art, launching their Fall season of 'Family Days'.

Our MYRO Rocktet performed at the Portland Museum of Art, launching their Fall season of 'Family Days'.

NOVEMBER

'They're With The Band' article about Maine Youth Rock Orchestra featured in OldPort Magazine.

'They're With The Band' article about Maine Youth Rock Orchestra featured in OldPort Magazine.

The MYRO Rocktet provided entertainment for attendees of TEDxDirigo Dissonance, the Maine chapter of TEDx. MYRO was fortunate to be a presenter at TEDxDirigo back in 2015. 

The MYRO Rocktet provided entertainment for attendees of TEDxDirigo Dissonance, the Maine chapter of TEDx. MYRO was fortunate to be a presenter at TEDxDirigo back in 2015. 

Our MYRO Rocktet also performed at the 14th Annual Beatles night at the State Theatre. This 2-day concert had 2,900 people in attendance, and $1 from every ticket on the Sunday matinee supported Maine Youth Rock Orchestra.

Our MYRO Rocktet also performed at the 14th Annual Beatles night at the State Theatre. This 2-day concert had 2,900 people in attendance, and $1 from every ticket on the Sunday matinee supported Maine Youth Rock Orchestra.

THANK YOU ALL FOR AN AMAZING 2016. HERE'S TO AN EXCITING YEAR AHEAD FOR THE STUDENTS OF MAINE YOUTH ROCK ORCHESTRA!