Three Mansfield ISD band ensembles won the 2018 Mark of Excellence from The Foundation for Music Education for their outstanding performances.
The Mark of Excellence is a national competition in which bands from all over the country submit their best recording from the spring. The music is then judged and ranked by nationally renowned adjudicators.
The top 25 percent of entrees are selected as National Winners. The second quarter receive Commended Honors.
Congratulations to the following MISD ensembles and band directors:
This year, 279 musical ensembles from 38 states entered the competition. Learn more about the Mark of Excellence Project here.
The Summit Marching Band placed 6th at Area competition in Little Elm on Saturday, October 28. The preliminary competition included 24 bands including perennial State Marching Band competitors Wakeland, Centennial and Southwest.
There were four spots available to go to state this year in Region 5 Area B.
The finals results were:
Lone Star HS
Lake Ridge HS
McKinney North HS
See complete results here.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram created a video which included the Summit Marching Band for its story about Area competitions.
Complete competition scoring and results here.
Summit Band’s Wind Symphony received the top honor in The Foundation for Music Education’s 2017 contest. The Wind Symphony is a National Winner representing the top 25-percent of outstanding bands from across the country.
In the foundation’s Class AAAAA division, Summit’s Wind Symphony was one of seven symphonic bands chosen for the National Winner recognition along with Mansfield’s Lake Ridge High School Wind Symphony.
TA Howard Middle School’s Honor Band is a National Winner in the Class AA division.
Mansfield Timberview High school received Commended Winner representing the second 25-percent of all bands.
A total of 278 band from 38 states entered recordings in the 2017 competition.
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 country. The top 25% of entrants are recognized as National Winners, with the second 25% named as Commended Winners.
The Foundation for Music Education is dedicated to the support and advancement of music education through scholarships and other worthwhile projects.
More information here.
The Summit High School Wind Symphony and TA Howard Honor bands recently received one of the most prestigious honors afforded to musicians and music educators. Both schools have been invited to perform at the 2017 Midwest Clinic in Chicago - the largest instrumental music education conference in the world.
This marks the first time a Mansfield ISD band has been selected to be featured at the legendary conference which bills itself as showcasing the ‘finest performances from around the globe’ since 1946.
“We're incredibly proud of all the students’ hard work, and thankful for all the amazing private lesson teachers, clinicians, parents, administrators and band directors, past and present, who have made this possible,” said Summit Director of Bands Christopher Kanicki.
To be considered for the Midwest Clinic, bands undergo a vigorous application process which includes: submitting both an audio and video recording of the bands performing, presenting past programs and accomplishments, and receiving evaluations from well-known music educators who have worked with or judged the bands’ programs in the past. The applications are then evaluated by some of the foremost music educators in the world. Only a handful of groups is chosen each year from around the United States and 30 participating countries.
“This is a huge accomplishment for our students, band staff and lesson teachers who have worked so hard to earn this privilege,” said TA Howard Band Director Nathaniel Neugent. “I am beyond proud of our administration, parents, district and community for supporting us in this endeavor 100-percent.”
Along with their performances, the students and instructors from both the Summit High School and TA Howard bands will have the opportunity to attend other concerts and clinics to learn the latest techniques and trends in music education from the best in the industry.
The Midwest Clinic draws more than 17,000 attendees from around the world. The clinic will be held December 20-23.
Congratulations to our directors, private lesson teachers, clinicians and students for earning the UIL Sweepstakes Award for the 2016-2017 school year!
Sweepstakes is awarded when bands receive 1 ratings (the highest possible) on their stage and sight reading performances in the spring competition coupled with a 1 rating from UIL Marching Band competition the previous fall.
Fantastic job, Summit Band!
The Summit Band hosted an evening of great music, food and fun at Summit High School on Saturday, March 4. The evening started with a concert by Wester Middle School's Jazz Band - the only middle school jazz band in Mansfield ISD. Summit Band students played a rousing set of tunes including Soul Man, Five Foot Two and the annual tradition closer: The Chicken. Click the link below to find the Summit Band Booster Media YouTube page where all the performances are loaded.
In addition to being a blast to attend - the event, which includes a silent auction, is an annual fundraiser for the Summit Band.
Members of the Summit High School Band are beginning the New Year with a service project to improve our community.
A team of band members met at 10:00 a.m. on January 28 to launch the Summit High School Band’s roadside cleanup project along Highway 157 (Cooper Street) from Highway 287 northbound to Harris Road.
Last semester, the Summit High School Band applied for and received official approval to join the Texas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program. The effort is led by junior Connor Neugent who is the vice president of community service for the Summit Band Council.
There are nearly 3,800 volunteer groups associated with Texas’ Adopt-a-Highway program. Volunteers are required to perform four pickups a year to stay active in the program.