Monday, October 26, 2020

Dawson Middle School Wind Ensemble Takes 5th in State Honor Band Contest

The DMS Wind Ensemble, made up of 54 Dawson Middle School students, has been working hard over their summer break, bringing home 5th place from the State Honor Band Contest.

The Honor Band selection process occurred throughout the summer, with over 80 2C middle school bands from across the state entering the contest through their respective region. The DMS band participated in the Region 31 listening on June 7, and advanced to the Area level listening on June 23 in Abilene. Dawson placed first at both the Region and Area levels, and advanced to the State level, which took place on July 20. Out of the 16 state finalists, the DMS Wind Ensemble placed 5th.

As part of the TMEA Honor Band process, middle schools were required to submit three selections including one march, from recordings of competitive, concert or festival performances in the current year. A maximum of four performances scheduled for recordings was allowed. Three of the performances could be non-competitive; the fourth had to come from the UIL Concert Contest.

The Wind Ensemble also received superior ratings from all judges at UIL Concert and Sighreading, named “Best in Class” for the 2C Invitational Classification of the Beach Within Reach Festival, and was named “Best in Class” and ” Most Outstanding Middle School Band” at the Peak Music Festival.