Last May, the Dawson Middle School Wind Ensemble and Jazz band submitted a set of recordings to the National Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence Contest. Over 200 schools from 36 states submitted entries. Over the summer, these recordings were evaluated and judged by collegiate professors from around the country, and both DMS bands received recognition.
The Wind Ensemble was named a National Winner in the Wind Band Honors Contest, and the Jazz band was named a Commended Winner in the Jazz Honors Contest. One of the recordings of the Wind Ensemble will be featured in a compilation CD of winners, and both groups will be featured in national publications. A full list of winners are available on the contest’s website at http://foundationformusiceducation.org/mark-of-excellence.