Centennial High School

Schools Earn National Orchestra and Band Honors

Sep 28, 2016

Frisco ISD’s Fine Arts Department is proud to announce that several middle and high school music programs have been honored by the Foundation for Music Education through its Mark of Excellence program.

This recorded music contest offers bands, choirs and orchestras the unprecedented opportunity to earn national recognition for their musical achievement.

“This is a tremendous honor and recognition of the work our orchestra conductors and band directors do each and every day," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Preston Hazzard. "They have much to be proud of. This recognition is a direct result of their leadership, commitment to excellence and ability to work with students and parents to foster a culture dedicated to performing music at the highest caliber." 

The Centennial High School Varsity String Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Priscilla Holt and Andy Rein, was a national Mark of Excellence winner among high school string orchestras. 

The Independence High School Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lindsey Titus, was a Commended full orchestra and the Vandeventer Middle School Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Rodriguez, was a Commended middle school string orchestra.

National winners of the Mark of Excellence band awards include the Clark Middle School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Ben Katz, the Hunt Middle School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Kristen Dillard, and the Frisco High School Wind Symphony, under the direction of Greg Hayes.

Commended Mark of Excellence band winners include the Maus Middle School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Katie Lewis, and the Wester Middle School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Brad Smith.

The Foundation's Citation of Excellence is a competition for Texas non-varsity high school bands. Among the winners was the Liberty High School Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Marty Ball.