Middle and High School Musicians Earn National Recognition

Sep 23, 2021

The Foundation for Music Education, an organization dedicated to the support and advancement of music education, has recognized five Frisco ISD middle and high school ensembles with Excellence Awards.

To qualify for the awards, the band directors submitted recordings of their student ensemble performances to be evaluated along with hundreds of other schools from across the country. The submissions were adjudicated by a team of conductors from universities across the country who provided written and recorded feedback.

“These Frisco ISD bands are wonderful examples of musical achievement, and are a credit to the school district,” said Alan Hanna, executive director of the Foundation for Music Education.

The District is excited for the hard working directors and their musicians who are a testament to the robust and relevant fine art programming that thousands of FISD students engage with on a daily basis.

“Frisco ISD believes in a student opportunity model that facilitates participation, involvement and engagement in a myriad of visual and performing arts,” said Pete Hazzard, managing director of fine arts. “These recognized ensembles and campuses are prime examples of the incredible fine arts programming happening throughout the District.”

Congratulations to the campuses and ensembles recognized by the Foundation for Music Education as Mark of Excellence and Citation of Excellence winners.

Mark of Excellence 

The Mark of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school musical ensembles. The top 25% of entrants are recognized as National Winners, with the second 25% named as Commended Winners. Congratulations to these FISD ensembles recognized with the Mark of Excellence.

2021 Mark of Excellence National Winners

  • Cobb Middle School Wind Symphony (Class AA) - Director Elizabeth Treadwell 

  • Lone Star High School Wind Symphony (Class AAAAAA) - Director Mark Poole

2021 Mark of Excellence Commended Winners

  • Pearson Middle School Symphonic Band (Class AA) - Director Michelle Black

Citation of Excellence

The Citation of Excellence project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by non-varsity high school and middle school bands and orchestras. The top 25% of entrants are recognized as Citation Winners, with the second 25% named as Commended Winners. Congratulations to these FISD ensembles recognized with the Citation of Excellence.

2021 Citation of Excellence Winners

  • Pioneer Heritage MS Symphonic Band (Class AA) - Director Jennifer Teed

2021 Citation of Excellence - Commended Winners

  • Lone Star High School Symphonic Band (Class AAAAAA) - Director Timothy Hickman

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