Westwood, Canyon Vista, Cedar Valley bands honored as 'Mark of Excellence,’ Citation of Excellence’ winners

markofexcellence-01The Foundation of Music Education has awarded five Round Rock ISD bands Mark of Excellence and Citation of Excellence awards at three District campuses during its annual award program.

Three bands at Westwood High School and the Honors Bands at Canyon Vista and Cedar Valley middle schools were recognized through the awards, which recognize outstanding band programs throughout the United States. The Canyon Vista Honors Band, under the direction of Brigette Parsons, was named a Mark of Excellence Winner. The Cedar Valley Honors Band, under the direction of Jane Botkin, was recognized as a Mark of Excellence Commended Winner.

“We are incredibly proud of Westwood, Canyon Vista and Cedar Valley band students,” Fine Arts Director Lisa Roebuck said. “Earning national recognition is a true testament to the hard work our students and staff put in each day to master their craft.”

Ensembles submit performance recordings which are adjudicated by band conductors from outstanding universities and high schools nationwide to earn distinctions. The Foundation of Music Education has recently begun including Texas non-varsity ensembles in this competition under the Citation of Excellence category, because of the high level of performance achieved in the state.

Westwood bands earned three separate distinctions through the award program. The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jack Green, was named a Mark of Excellence National Winner. The Wind Symphony, led by Thomas Turpin, earned a Citation of Excellence Award and the Symphonic Band, led by Brittany Dacy was recognized as a Citation of Excellence Commended Winner.

“To have more than one concert band ensemble recognized nationally from one school by the Foundation, much less three, is unprecedented,” Green said. “The Westwood Band staff feels so honored to have such talented students and fantastic support.”