Roxbury High School Honors Wind Symphony was selected as a Commended National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors Project. It is a national competition, entered by recording, in which the top quarter are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors.
According to The Foundation for Music Education, “The Mark of Excellence project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs, and orchestras.”
This year, nearly 300 of the finest ensembles in the nation, representing 38 states, entered the competition. Roxbury High School was the only band from not only New Jersey but from the entire northeast area to earn a selection as a National Commended Winner!
RHS Senior Jennifer Motzer was specifically selected by Director of Band Emeritus at Michigan State University, Dr. John Whitwell, to receive a National Soloist Award for her clarinet playing on Percy Grainger’s Spoon River.
The Honors Wind Symphony, and their Director, Jeffrey Conrad, are incredibly honored by this selection among the finest bands in the nation. Conrad wishes to thank the vertical teaching instrumental music team of Kate Katz and Ray Henricksen at Lincoln/Roosevelt School, Greg Boccuti and Shannon Perrone at Eisenhower Middle School, and Ryan Sweer and Sarah Bednarcik at Roxbury High School for their support in our effort to continue and expand the tradition of musical excellence in the Roxbury Schools.
Listen to their submission of El Capitan March by John Phillip Sousa at https://goo.gl/gLqVax.
PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Public Schools)
* RHS Senior Jennifer Motzer
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