Middle School Bands Receive National Recognition

Reed and Kennemer Middle Schools are continuing the tradition of excellence in Duncanville ISD’s band program. Reed’s Symphonic I Band and Kennemer’s Symphonic 2 Band received Commended Winner in The Foundation for Music Education’s 2017 Mark of Excellence contest.

It is an elite honor granted to the top bands in their classification chosen by a panel of adjudicators. A total of 278 bands from 38 states entered recordings.

This is the third consecutive time that the Reed Middle School Symphonic I Band has entered this national contest and earned this distinguished award.  

The Mark of Excellence project recognizes and awards outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands from across the country. The top 25% of entrants are recognized as National Winners, with the second 25% named as Commended Winners.

Kennemer’s Symphonic I Band did not participate in the Mark of Excellence contest last year in order to prepare for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) State Honor Band Competition where they advanced to the highest level.

“It is the first time in Kennemer’s history that the band has advanced to the state level and the first time in my 17 years of teaching,” said Kennemer Head Band Director Lucy Pascasio. “We are so proud of our kids!”

Reed’s Symphonic I Band advanced to the Area level for the TMEA contest.