The Mark of Excellence consists of the National Wind Band Honors, the National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top performances are selected as National Winners, and the second tier performances receive Commended Honors. This year over 178 of the finest musical ensembles in the nation entered the competition and the project received entries from thirty five states.
The adjudicators for the project were: Dr. Kraig Alan Williams, Director of Bands at Rutgers University; Colonel John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret), the 25th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and Eugene Corporon, Conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas.
“The Cockrill Symphonic I Band is a wonderful example of musical achievement, and a credit to the McKinney school district. I salute you for the wonderful performance that you have shared with us, and the tremendous work you do with young musicians!"
— Dick Clardy, Executive Director, The Foundation for Music Excellence