The 2013 Cockrill Symphonic I Band has been selected as a “National Winner” in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project. This marks the second time in three years that that this group has earned this tremendous honor.
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 178 of the finest musical ensembles in the nation entered the competition and the project received entries from 35 states.
The adjudicators for the project were: Dr. Kraig Alan Williams, Director of Bands at Rutgers University ; Colonel John R. Bourgeois, the 25th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and Gene Corporon, Conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas .
The Cockrill Middle School Symphonic I Band is conducted by Gary Williams and assisted by Matthew Harp and Ken Moses.