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June 26, 2015
AMS Honors Band
The Acton Middle School honors band placed fourth in the Texas Music Educator Association’s 2015 area honor band competition.
TMEA judges ranked the AMS band fourth while listening to Class CC recordings on June 25 at Keller Central High School. The top two bands in each class advance to the state level.
AMS won first place in the regional level contest announced on June 6.
The ensemble’s recording of its spring contest performance included “Big Four March” by Karl King and arranged by James Swearingen, “Our Kingsland Spring” by Samuel Hazo, and “Spoon River” by Percy Grainger.
Advancing in the honor band competition follows the ensemble receiving sweepstakes honor at concert and sightreading contest in April. The school’s symphonic band also received sweepstakes recognition during the UIL event at Burleson Centennial High School.
The honor band also received a superior rating at the Beach Within Reach Band Festival on April 30 at Richland High School. The band received top marks from all judges at the invitational competition.
The students are led by directors John Morgan and Stephanie Bosch. Morgan thanked Granbury High School directors Mark Eastin and Tahlequah Kirk as well as two clinicians – Jonathan Hooper, retired director of bands at Tarleton State University, and Joey Qualls, band director at Aledo Middle School.
Pictured above is the honors band with their sweepstakes trophy in April.