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Foundation for Music Education honors Pearland ISD bands

     Pearland Independent School District recently celebrated two bands earning national acclaim in The Foundation for Music Education awards programs.

     The Berry Miller Junior High School Honors Band, under the direction of Chris Bennett, and the Pearland Junior High School West Honors Band, under the direction of Meredith Bates Bishop, were selected national winners in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project.

BMJH Honors Band

     The Mark of Excellence consists of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors. This year, 279 entries from 38 states competed.

     Berry Miller’s Honors Band performed Percy Grainger’s “Children's March” and John Barnes Chance’s “Variations on a Korean Folk Song”

     “This award is the result of a hardworking and dedicated group of young musicians striving for musical excellence. The directors encourage these young musicians to be the best they can be at everything they do, whether it's playing music, challenging themselves academically, or in their future career,” Bennett said. “We are proud and honored to work with our amazing students and their families.”

     PJH West’s Honors Band performed Latham’s “Brighton Beach”, Custer’s “Variations on Scarborough Fair” and Cesarini’s “Greek Folk Song Suite”.

PJH West Honors Band

     “I am honored to receive this award and for our band program to be recognized at the national level. I’m so proud of our students’ growth mindset and willingness to keep pushing themselves for excellence,” Bates Bishop said. “I know this is the true reason for our success and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Pearland JH West Band Program.”

     Citation of Excellence Winners

     The Berry Miller Junior High Symphonic Band placed in the top 25 percent of Texas high school non-varsity bands to receive the 2018 Citation of Excellence.

     Directed by Heather Massey, the BMJH Symphonic Band performed William Owens’s “Excelsior! Concert March” and Michael Story’s “Sketches of Canada”.

     “We coach our students to strive for excellence in all they do – playing their instruments, working in academic classes and being great citizens. Our band students have an incredible work ethic and enjoy learning to play challenging and interesting music above the minimum requirements for a non-varsity band,” Massey said. “The Citation of Excellence contest is the only of its kind for non-varsity bands to compete across the state and nation, so to be named a national winner is beyond exciting and quite an honor.”

     The Foundation for Music Education supports and advances band, choir, orchestra and elementary music education programs through awards, scholarships and educator training programs.