June 27, 2017
The Lee Middle School Honor Winds Band has advanced to the state level of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Band competition. The Lee Band will compete with the top 16 bands in the state of Texas for the title of State Honor Band. This achievement is not only significant for the Lee Middle School Band, but also for San Angelo ISD. This is the first time the Lee Band has advanced to the state level of this competition, and the first time in many years that any music group from San Angelo has advanced this far in the state competition.
To compete in the Honor Band competition, a band must submit recordings from their spring contest performances. Two bands from each region advanced to area and two bands from each area advanced to state. The State Honor Band listening session will take place at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention on July 20th in San Antonio. A panel of 5 judges will listen to the 16 bands that advanced to the state competition. The band that places first in the state competition will be selected as the State Honor Band and will be invited to perform at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio.
The Lee Honor Winds musical selections were “Cumberland Cross” by Carl Strommen, “Abracadabra” by Frank Ticheli, and “Allied Honor March” by Karl King arranged by James Swearingen. The recordings for the Honor Band competition were selected from their competition performances in April.
The Lee Middle School Honor Winds Band is directed by George Clark and consists of approximately 80 7th and 8th grade students.
“We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of the band students,” said Clark. “They put many hours into reaching high levels of musical achievement both individually and as a group. The support we receive from administration, the Central High School music staff, and parents is tremendous; and none of this would be possible without them.”
This achievement caps a very successful year for the Lee Middle School Honor Winds Band. In April, the band received its eighth consecutive sweepstakes award for the UIL Concert and Sight Reading competition. The band also received a superior rating, Best in Class, and Outstanding Overall Performance at the Alamo Showcase of music competition in San Antonio.