The Foundation for Music Education has selected the following Katy ISD musical groups as winners in its National Mark of Excellence project:
- Beckendorff Junior High Varsity Girl’s Choir, Commended Winner, National Choral Honors project, directed by Janet Menzie
- Beck Junior High Symphonic Band, Commended Winner, National Wind Band Honors project, directed by Brenden Steber
- Cinco Ranch High School Symphony Orchestra, National Winner, National Orchestra Honors project, directed by Brett Nelson, Oscar Vera and Ray Jones
- McMeans Junior High Symphony Orchestra, National Winner, National Orchestra project in both the Middle School String and Middle School Full Orchestra categories, directed by Amy Williams
The Mark of Excellence project is a competition entered by recordings in which the top quarter was selected as National Winners, and the second quarter received Commended Honors. More than 161 musical ensembles from 30 states entered the competition this year.
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