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Northeast Times | October 26, 2021

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KISD CHOIRS AND BANDS RECOGNIZED BY FOUNDATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

KISD CHOIRS AND BANDS RECOGNIZED BY FOUNDATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

A record number of Keller ISD choirs and bands were recognized recently by the Foundation for Music Education as “Mark of Excellence” and “Citation of Excellence” winners.

Mark of Excellence Logo with star The Mark of Excellence project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs, and orchestras. In addition to the “Mark of Excellence” contest, the Foundation for Music Education recently added competition for non-varsity ensembles, the “Citation of Excellence.” The project gathers entries from throughout the United States and provides valuable feedback for all entrants. A unique competitive environment is created which allows ensembles to compare their performance quality to other outstanding groups from across the country. The top 25 percent of entrants are recognized as National Winners, with the second 25 percent named as Commended Winners. All entrants receive a compilation recording of the winning performances.

Congratulations to the following Keller ISD Choirs and Bands:

Mark of Excellence National Winners
Trinity Springs Middle School Varsity Treble Choir, directed by Clinton Hardy
Timberview Middle School Wind Ensemble, directed by Ryan Straten
Indian Springs Middle School, directed by David Puckett
Keller Middle School Wind Ensemble, directed by Jedidiah Maus
Trinity Springs Wind Ensemble, directed by Dean Surface

Mark of Excellence Commended Winners
Keller High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Mark McGahey,
Hillwood MS Wind Ensemble, directed by Jessica Maus
Fossil Ridge High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Brad Allen
Timber Creek High School Mixed Choir, directed by Adrian Kirtley

Citation of Excellence National Winners
Keller High School Symphonic Band, directed by Ryan Heath.