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Sept. 21, 2017- Ten "Mark of Excellence" Winners Awarded by the Foundation for Music Education

 

October 4, 2017 Update  

Announced at the October 3, 2017 board meeting, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees has honored the 10 Mark of Excellence winning programs with a board resolution presented to the program directors. 


  Board Resolution "Mark of Excellence"

 

September 21, 2017 

From a total of 278 high school and middle school musical ensemble entries, Plano ISD had ten winners in the 2017 Mark of Excellence competition awarded by the Foundation for Music Education. See photo gallery.

In this competition which is entered by recordings, the top 25 percent of entrants are selected as national winners and the second 25 percent receive commended honors. The groups receive trophies, recorded and written comments from nationally renowned adjudicators and a compilation recording of the national winners.

The Mark of Excellence consists of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. 

“Plano ISD’s strong music program continues to make us extremely proud of our talented and hardworking students and their directors. The expert commentary and sample recordings from the national winners make this competition a powerful learning experience. National recognitions such as the Mark of Excellence program are evidence of the dedication of our students and teachers, as well as the support of our amazing parent community," said Kathy Kuddes Plano ISD's director of Fine Arts and Special Programs.

Mark of Excellence National Winners

  • Jasper High School Legacy Orchestra
    National Orchestra Honors project
    Directed by Matthew Moreno

  • Jasper High School Symphony Orchestra
    National Orchestra Honors project
    Directed by Matthew Moreno

  • Otto Middle School Chamber Orchestra
    National Orchestra Honors project
    Directed by Anu Daniel

  • Plano East Senior High School Wind Ensemble
    National Wind Band Honors project
    Directed by Evelio Villarreal

  • Rice Middle School A Cappella Treble Choir
    National Choral Honors project
    Directed by Chelsea Farmer

  • Rice Middle School Ravin' Jazz Band
    National Jazz Honors project
    Directed by Joshua Reyna

  • Rice Middle School Tenor Bass Choir
    National Choral Honors project
    Directed by Chelsea Farmer

Mark of Excellence Commended Winners

  • Plano East Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    National Orchestra Honors project
    Directed by Ann Smith and Jeremy Pillow

  • Plano East Senior High School Symphony Orchestra
    National Orchestra Honors project
    Directed by Ann Smith and Evelio Villarreal

  • Rice Middle School Wind Ensemble
    National Wind Band Honors project
    Directed by Jason Tucker

 

Congratulations to directors and students.