Roma Middle School Symphonic Winds Band Named National Mark of Excellence Winner for 7th Year
For the seventh consecutive year, the Roma Middle School Symphonic Winds Band, directed by Corey L. Graves, has been selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors Project. The project is funded by The Foundation for Music Education.
The Mark of Excellence Project recognizes and awards outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs and orchestras from across the United States. A unique competitive environment is created which allows ensembles to compare their performance quality to other outstanding groups from across the country. The ensemble submits a CD recording of their ensemble from the current school year. The world-renowned adjudicators listen to the entries and provide detailed recorded comments and brief written comments. The top ensembles are recognized as National Winners. All entrants receive a compilation recording of the winning performances and the winners are recognized in regional and national publications and at national and regional conventions.
Only 329 high school and middle school bands earned the recognition, and RMS is just one of 27 Texas schools to be awarded the honor.
“I am extremely proud of the dedication and hard work of the Roma Middle School Band Program, which has witnessed so many great achievements and recognitions in the past decade,” said Roma ISD Superintendent Carlos Guzman. “Music creatively opens the minds of students to problem solve, explore opportunities, learn team work and understand the value of hard work over time, and so much more. There are too many advantages of music education to name here, but the proof comes in the excellence we continue witnessing at RMS. Congratulations to the students, teachers and supportive parents who make these accomplishments possible!”
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