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Nine FBISD Music Programs Named 2023 Mark of Excellence Honorees

(FORT BEND ISD) – Nine Fort Bend ISD music programs have been named recipients of 2023 Mark of Excellence honors, given by The Foundation for Music Education to outstanding middle and high school bands, choirs and orchestras across the nation.

Music programs are invited to enter the competition, and not only do they receive valuable feedback from professional adjudicators, but they are also able to compare their performance quality to other high-achieving programs.


The categories are comprised of: National Wind Band Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Choral Honors, National Jazz Honors and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. The top 25 percent of entrants in each category are recognized as National Winners and the second 25 percent as Commended Winners.


The 2023 competition cycle included more than 150 of the nation’s top middle and high school programs, representing 38 states.


Fort Bend ISD programs named 2023 Mark of Excellence awardees are:


Fort Settlement Middle School Chamber Orchestra, directed by Angela Peugnet and Roger Vasquez – National Orchestra Honors - National Winner


Fort Settlement Middle School Varsity Treble Choir, directed by Kirsten Jordon – National Choral Honors - National Winner


Garcia Middle School Honors Band, directed by Sarah Saldana and Joel Chavarria - National Wind Band Honors - Commended Winner in the New Music Division


Sartartia Middle School Honors Orchestra, directed by Heather Davis and Fernando Medina – National Orchestra Honors - National Winner


Sartartia Middle School Wind Ensemble, directed by Julieanne Amos and Dong Pham - National Wind Band Honors - Commended Winner and National Wind Band Honors - Commended Winner in the New Music Division


Clements High School Chamber Strings, directed by Neal Springer and Sally Kirk – National Orchestra Honors - National Winner


Clements High School Symphony Orchestra, directed by Neal Spring, Sally Kirk and Jeff Johnson – National Orchestra Honors - National Winner


Elkins High School Varsity Mixed Choir, directed by John Richardson – National Choral Honors - National Winner


Elkins High School Varsity Treble Choir, directed by John Richardson – National Choral Honors - Commended Winner


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