Blalack Middle School Receives Commended Award from National Competition

This past week, the Blalack Middle School Band received the Commended Award for the “Mark of Excellence” National Wind Band Honors Competition. 

The Mark of Excellence project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs, and orchestras. The project gathers entries throughout the United States and provides valuable feedback for all entrants. A unique competitive environment is created, which allows ensembles to compare their performance quality to other outstanding groups from across the country. The top 25% of entrants are recognized as National Winners, with the second 25% named Commended Winners. All entrants receive a compilation recording of the winning performances. Winners are recognized in regional and national publications and at national and regional conventions.

The Blalack Band was one of 35 Middle School Bands in the country (in its school size division) to be recognized by the Mark of Excellence this year. 

This is the first CFBISD Middle School Band to be named to the “Mark of Excellence” list.

For a complete  list of award winners from The Mark of Excellence, click here.

In other fine arts news around the district, TMEA Region II Jazz Auditions were this past weekend, and Ranchview High School had four students named as Region Alternates, while three students advanced to Area Competition.

Those students advancing were: Aaron Jacob (first chair piano and second chair trumpet), Gavin Skrzynski (first chair baritone saxophone), and David Martini (first chair tenor saxophone).

For more information on TMEA results, visit

Blalack Middle School Receives Commended Award from National Competition