The Carroll Middle School Wind Ensemble has been named a National Commended Winner in the 2010 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project. This places the Carroll Middle School Band as one of the top middle school band programs in the country!
The National Wind Band Honors Project is a national competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter are selected as National Winners, and the second quarter receive Commended Honors. Many of the finest bands in the nation entered the competition. The Mark of Excellence program received entries from thirty two states and had 138 entries this year!
The CMS Wind Ensemble won this honor by submitting a recording this past May of their challenging program of music that included Brighton Beach March by William Latham, Our Kingsland Spring by Samuel Hazo and Fantasy on an African-American Spiritual by Bruce Preuninger.
All entrants receive a compilation CD recording of the winning band performances. Winners are also recognized in regional and national publications and at national and regional conventions. National winners receive a plaque and Commended winners receive a certificate.
The adjudicators for the project were Craig Kirchoff, Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, Gary Green, Director of Bands at the University of Miami, and Mark Camphouse, composer, assistant dean of the School of Music, and Director of Bands at George Mason University.
The members of the CMS Wind Ensemble are to be commended for representing their school and community at the national level in the highest regard, and for their hard work, dedication and unprecedented success throughout the year.
Way to go CMS Dragon Band!
A link to the list of all the National Winners can be found here: