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The Spillane Symphonic Winds, directed by John Barton, was named as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project. The awards are presented each fall by the Foundation for Music Education, with the project seeking to recognize outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs and orchestras across the nation.

CYPRESS — Six Cypress-Fairbanks ISD music ensembles were named winners of The Foundation for Music Education’s 2018 Mark of Excellence awards in September.

Four were awarded as National Winners: Spillane Middle School chamber orchestra, Spillane symphonic winds, Langham Creek High School wind ensemble and Arnold Middle School chorale men. The Hamilton Middle School symphonic winds and Arnold concert treble choir were both Commended Winners.

The Foundation for Music Education, an organization dedicated to the support and advancement of music education through scholarships and other worthwhile projects, presents the Mark of Excellence awards each fall. The project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs and orchestras across the nation.

The awards consist of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. The top 25 percent of entries are recognized as National Winners, while the next quarter are Commended Winners.

CFISD’s winners were selected among 279 entries.

“I am very proud of the bands, choirs, and orchestras from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD that received national honors from the ‘Mark of Excellence’ project,” said Mary Running, CFISD director of fine arts. “The Foundation for Music Education has been a long-time supporter of music in the public schools and I appreciate the recognition from this organization. One of the greatest assets of CFISD are the outstanding fine arts programs.”

The Spillane Middle School chamber orchestra, directed by Jeannine Adams, was selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Orchestra Honors project.
The Spillane Middle School chamber orchestra, directed by Jeannine Adams, was selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Orchestra Honors project.

 

The Spillane Middle School chamber orchestra, directed by Jeannine Adams, was selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Orchestra Honors project.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a National Mark of Excellence Winner,” Adams said. “I’m so proud of our Spillane Middle School orchestra. The students’ dedication to excellence, steadfast work ethic and genuine love of music continue to inspire me and the Spillane community each and every day. Thank you parents, administration, private lesson teachers and clinicians for supporting our orchestra. Without you, none of this would be possible.”

The Spillane Symphonic Winds, directed by John Barton, was named as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project.

The Langham Creek High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Gloria Ramirez, was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project. The ensemble was a Commended Winner in 2016.
The Langham Creek High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Gloria Ramirez, was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project. The ensemble was a Commended Winner in 2016.

The Langham Creek High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Gloria Ramirez, was selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project. The ensemble was a Commended Winner in 2016.

The Arnold Middle School Chorale Men, directed by Marie Parisot, was named as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Choral Honors project.
The Arnold Middle School Chorale Men, directed by Marie Parisot, was named as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Choral Honors project.

The Arnold Concert Treble Choir, directed by Laura Martin, was named as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Choral Honors project.
The Arnold Concert Treble Choir, directed by Laura Martin, was named as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Choral Honors project.

The Arnold Middle School Chorale Men, directed by Marie Parisot, was named as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Choral Honors project.

The Arnold Concert Treble Choir, directed by Laura Martin, was named as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Choral Honors project.

“The Arnold Choir Department is very proud of our singers’ hard work and dedication to making excellent music,” Parisot said. “It is inspiring to see our students sing with passion and purpose, and the National Choral Honors contest gives us an amazing opportunity to share their passion. We are thankful to have such supportive administrators at Arnold – Principal Jodi White and Director of Instruction Bridget Milligan – as well as our district administrators Mary Running and John Morrison. We are forever grateful to our choir parents and families for their dedication to the Arnold Choir program.”

The Hamilton Middle School Symphonic Winds, directed by Jamie Cabot, was selected as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project. The ensemble was a National Winner in 2017 and Commended Winner in 2016.
The Hamilton Middle School Symphonic Winds, directed by Jamie Cabot, was selected as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project. The ensemble was a National Winner in 2017 and Commended Winner in 2016.

The Hamilton Middle School Symphonic Winds, directed by Jamie Cabot, was selected as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project. The ensemble was a National Winner in 2017 and Commended Winner in 2016.

“I am incredibly proud of this group,” Cabot said. “This band was primarily composed of seventh-grade students in their second year of playing, and they earned this prestigious honor. We are thankful for the opportunity to compete at this high level, against the top performing ensembles in the country.”

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