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Six FISD Music Programs Earn Mark of Excellence Recognitions

Sep 20, 2018

Six Frisco ISD music programs have been named winners in the 2018 Mark of Excellence project by the Foundation for Music Education.

The Mark of Excellence consists of honors programs for wind band, orchestra choral, jazz, and percussion ensembles.This year 279 musical groups entered the project. The top quarter winners earn the national honor and the second quarter of top performers earn the commended honor.

“These groups entered recordings of their best work and they have been recognized for the excellent musicianship their ensembles present,” said Preston Hazzard, Frisco ISD fine arts director. “We are very proud of these students and these directors.”

The Wakeland High School Wind Symphony, under the direction of Tanner Smith and Maus Middle School’s Wind Ensemble, which is under the direction of Katherine Lewis, were named both National winners as part of the National Wind Band Honors project.

Vandeventer Middle School Chamber Orchestra, directed by Chase Fickling, was named a Commended winner in Mark of Excellence as part of the National Orchestra Honors project. Griffin Middle School Wind Symphony, directed by Carolyn Cansler, earned the title of Commended winner as part of the National Wind Band Honors project.  Griffin’s Non-Varsity Band under the direction of JaRod Hall, conductor, was chosen as a Citation of Excellence winner. The Citation designation recognizes outstanding achievement in performance by non-varsity middle school and high school bands in the Mark of Excellence project. The top 25 percent of non-varsity entries are named Citation winners.

Frisco High School’s Wind Symphony, directed by David Simon, was named a Commended winner in the National Wind Band honors project in the 5A competition and also in the New Music Division.

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