Another Congratulations to the RHS Honors Band

Jun 24, 2017 by

This past Friday the Richland High School Honors Band was selected as one of the 14 5A bands to the Texas State Honor Band Contest Finals. Around 90 of the finest 5A wind ensembles across the state submitted recordings of their ensembles to be reviewed and adjudicated through the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Process.

There are 3 major evaluations in the process. First, each group is heard and ranked by a panel of 5 judges at the Region round; Two of those ensembles advance to the Area round. Richland was selected as one of the two groups.

The process continues in late June when a separate panel evaluates 8 (2 groups from 4 different regions) of the advancing ensembles and selects two groups to advance to the final state listening in late July. Richland, once again, has advanced to this level. The winner of the state contest will be invited to perform at the TMEA convention in February as a featured ensemble.

Please join me in celebrating the achievements of these students!!


Below is a little information on the contest from the TMEA website.

The concept of the Honor Band originated during the term of Joe Frank, Sr., who served as Band Division Chair from 1958 to 1960. The purpose was twofold. Many educators believed that through the process of hearing and observing the results of quality teaching, directors could develop their own instructional skills to a higher level. In addition, selection of an honor band in each classification recognized communities and school systems that successfully supported music in education through their instrumental music programs.

Through the years, participation has been active and the recognition of exemplary programs through the Honor Band selection process has become a most sought after goal by many directors. As a result, the quality of honor groups has remained high and the original purpose of growth and development through observation of superior teaching and performance has been addressed annually and maintains its validity. Teachers throughout the state have definitely had the opportunity to learn from master teachers by attending honor band performances and clinics.

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