Stafford Middle School

Stafford Honor Band Named National Mark of Excellence Winner

Sep 23, 2014

The Foundation for Music Education has honored four Frisco ISD schools through a program designed to recognize bands, choirs and orchestras for outstanding musical achievement.

Each year, schools from across the country are invited to submit recordings of their music for review by a distinguished panel of judges as part of the Mark of Excellence contest. Schools are categorized into separate classes based on their student enrollment.

An adjudication panel consisting of top university band directors listens to each of the submissions and then forwards the top 50 percent to a second panel of university band directors.

The top quarter of all entries earn the distinction of National Winner, while those entries in the second quarter are designated as a Commended Winner.

Congratulations to the following Frisco ISD programs recognized through the National Wind Band Honors contest for music recorded in spring 2014:

National Winners

Class AAAA
Frisco High School Wind Symphony, under the direction of Gregory Hayes, Nancy Davis, Andrew Balettie, Heath Dillard and Toby Leikness
Three-time National Winner; also named a National Winner in 2010 and 2012

Class AA
Stafford Middle School Honor Band, under the direction of Christian Holzer, Benjamin Kelly and Kristin Wilson
Three-time National Winner; also named a National Winner in 2010 and 2013

Class A
Maus Middle School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Katie Lewis, Sapphire Tucker and Alan Brawdy
Named a Commended Winner in 2013

Commended Winner

Class AA
Wester Middle School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Brad Smith, Michelle Black and Josh Boychuck
Student Sarah Song also earned an Outstanding Soloist Award for her clarinet performance.

Both National and Commended winners will receive a trophy and recognition in regional and/or national publications and at national and regional conventions. Some of the winning music is included on the National Winners Compact Disc to be distributed to band directors across the United States.

More than 224 groups entered the contest from 35 different states. All entrants receive recorded and written feedback to assist in improving performance.  

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