The Killian Middle School Honors Band, under the direction of Trevor Ousey, is a National Winner in the 2022 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors competition.

This is the sixth time the band has received this award and the first under Mr. Ousey’s leadership.

“We are beyond thrilled for our students and the program,” said Mr. Ousey. “It is an honor to receive this award.”

The Mark of Excellence is a national music competition that recognizes music programs and their ensembles for high standards in music performance. The competition is sponsored by The Foundation for Music Education, a national organization dedicated to supporting and advancing music education.

Bands are judged by nationally respected adjudicators and directors. This year’s adjudicators included Larry Livingston, professor of music at the University of Southern California, Fred Allen, retired director of bands at Stephen F Austin University, Anthony Maiello, professor of music at George Mason University, and Robert Carnochan, director of bands at the University of Miami.

“The caliber of bands who enter this competition is staggering,” said Jenna Lenhard, assistant band director at Killian Middle School. “Not only is it an honor to receive this award, but it is amazing to be amongst so many fine band programs from around the country.”

“The kids did all of the work!” said Mr. Ousey. “Without the commitment of our students, staff, and families, none of this would be possible. I am so incredibly proud!”

This year, 376 bands from 39 states submitted entries to the competition, and 18 middle school bands were awarded.

“I want to thank our team, our students, our families, Dr. Kroll, Mr. Sealy, and all of the amazing staff at Killian Middle School for supporting our students and our program,” said Mr. Ousey. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence in the Killian Mustang Band!”