Submitted by Stefani Lackey, MBHS Band
Congratulations to the 2012 McKinney Boyd High School Honors Band who has been selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project.
The Mark of Excellence consists of the National Wind Band Honors, the National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top performances are selected as National Winners, and the second tier performances receive Commended Honors. This year 184 of the finest musical ensembles in the nation entered the competition. The project received entries from thirty five states.
The McKinney Boyd Honors Band 2012 Submission included “Overture from the ‘School for Scandal'” by Samuel Barber and “Requiem Symphonic Suite” by Giuseppe Verdi.
The adjudicators for the project were: Gary Garner, former Director of Bands at West Texas A&M University, James Keene, Band Director Emeritus at the University of Illinois, and Larry Livingston, Professor of conducting and orchestra at the University of Southern California.
“The McKinney Boyd High School Honors Band is a wonderful example of musical achievement, and a credit to your school district. Congratulations to all involved,” Executive Director for The Foundation for Music Excellence Dick Clardy said.
2012 Winners in Class AAAAA
Clear Lake HS Wind Ensemble Joe Munoz, Director Houston, TX
College Park HS Wind Ensemble Charlotte Royall The Woodlands, TX
Dulles HS Honors Band Joe Pruitt Sugar Land, TX
Marcus HS Wind Symphony Amanda Drinkwater Flower Mound, TX
McKinney Boyd HS Honors Band Joe Nunez McKinney, TX
Plano East Sr. HS Wind Ensemble Evelio Villarreal Plano, TX
Spring HS Wind Ensemble Gabe Musella Spring, TX
The Woodlands HS Wind Ensemble Joni Perez The Woodlands, TX
2012 Commended Winners in Class AAAAA
Brazoswood HS Symphonic Band Brian Casey Clute
Buchholz HS Wind Symphony Alexander Kaminsky Gainesville, FL
Clements HS Symphonic Band Daniel Galloway Sugar Land, TX
Hebron HS Wind Ensemble Andy Sealy Carrollton, TX
Lake Highlands HS Wind Ensemble Jeff Bradford Dallas, TX
Langham Creek HS Symphonic Band Gloria Ramirez Houston, TX
Westfield HS Symphonic Band Diane Vasquez Houston, TX
Westwood HS Honors Band Jack Green Austin, TX