The Killian Symphonic Band earns Sweepstakes at UIL Contest.

In return to live competition, the Killian Middle School Symphonic Band has earned the Sweepstakes award at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation. Under the direction of Trevor Ousey, the band earned unanimous Superior ratings from all judges for both the stage and sight-reading portions of the contest.

“These students have overcome tremendous challenges to earn these ratings today,” said Trevor Ousey, director of bands at Killian Middle School. “None of the students who performed today have ever performed on a stage or competed live.”

The Symphonic Band has earned consistent Sweepstakes awards since they started competing in the Sub-Non Varsity classification of UIL Contest in 2018. To earn a UIL Sweepstakes award, a Division 1, or Superior rating, must be awarded on stage and in sight-reading.

“These students worked incredibly hard all year to earn this award,” said Ousey. “The amount of progress and improvement in the band since August is remarkable.”

“Symphonic Band went above and beyond today,” said Jenna Lenhard, assistant band director at Killian. “Watching them grow and improve over the year is an inspiration.”

The Sweepstakes Award is the highest honor a Middle School band can receieve.

“We are thrilled with the results,” said Ousey. “The Sweepstakes is a result of these students’ hard work and discipline. In one of the most challenging years for everyone, the students rose to the occasion and delivered a truly memorable experience for all involved.”

The Killian Band would like to thank the Hebron high school band staff led by Andy Sealy, private lesson teachers, Amanda Drinkwater, Director of Fine Arts for Lewisville ISD, and Dr. Tina Krol, principal of Killian Middle School, for their continued support.

“We also had a lot of tremendous clinicians and mentors along the way,” added Ousey. “I want to personally thank John Benzer, Melodianne Mallow, and Marty Nelson, who continue to work with the students in our pursuit of excellence.”

The Killian Symphonic Band will finish the year with auditions, a solo contest, and spring performances.