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Northeast Times | September 29, 2021

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NISD: Wilson wind ensemble recognized by Foundation for Music Education

NISD: Wilson wind ensemble recognized by Foundation for Music Education

Wilson Middle School’s wind ensemble, directed by Ray Hilley, has received commended status in the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence competition, making it one of the top ensembles in its category.

Competing in the National Wind Band Honors category, Wilson was judged by recordings of one of its performances, earning commended status by finishing in the top half of performances, as determined by judges. This year, 278 musical ensembles entered the Mark of Excellence competition, with entries submitted from 38 states. Wilson was named a commended winner in the Class AA category for its school population.

All groups receiving honors were presented with recorded and written comments from judges, as well as a compilation recording of performances of national winners. National Wind Band Honors contestants were judged by Eugene Corporon (director of wind studies at the University of North Texas), Thomas Fraschillo (former director of bands at the University of Southern Mississippi), Mark Camphouse (professor of music and composition at George Mason University) and Anthony Maiello (professor of music at George Mason University).

The Foundation for Music Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and advancement of music education. It annually provides scholarships for student musicians and provides national competitions to recognize school music programs.