The Killian Middle School Honors Band and Wind Ensemble earned Superior ratings and multiple awards at the Peak Music Festival.
On Wednesday, the bands traveled to the University of North Texas to perform at the stunning Murchinson Performing Arts Center as part of the Peak Music Festival. Both bands performed selections from their UIL program as well as new music learned in May.
All bands in the competition were also ranked with the top bands in each category earning additional awards. Additionally, judges awarded Oustanding Soloists and Oustanding Section awards to exemplary performers.
The Wind Ensemble earned unanimous Superior ratings from all judges. Additionally, the Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion sections also earned an Oustanding Section distinction, and Jeremy George on percussion earned an Oustanding Soloist.
“It was remarkable,” said Jenna Lenhard, assistant band director at Killian. “These kids brought so much emotion and energy to their performance.”
The Honors Band also had a banner day. In addition to unanimous Superior ratings, they were named Best in Class and the Grand Champion for the entire festival. Outstanding Section awards were given to the Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion sections. For Oustanding Soloists, awards were given to Beckett Slavin on euphonium, Stella Suvalian on clarinet, and Yunseok Jang on percussion.
“It was a sweep!” said Trevor Ousey, director of bands at Killian. “These kids crushed it today, and the results show it. Their hard work and effort over the past several weeks has finally paid off. I am so proud of them!”
The bands will perform one final time later this month at their Spring Concert.