The Honors Band placed fourth in the State Honor Band Competition for Middle Schools.
The Honors Band at Arbor Creek Middle School received an honor of their own this summer at the Texas Middle School Honor Band Contest. Only 15 bands from across the state made it to the state finals, where Arbor Creek finished in an impressive fourth place.
The Honors Band is composed of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Students in the ACMS Band audition for the Honors Band at the end of their 6th and 7th grade year, and the hard work begins.
The band started preparing this year’s music in January, and worked on it until the end of the school year. They practiced both during class time and during their once a week outside of school sectional. Throughout the year they performed at the UIL Contest, the North Texas Festival of Distinction and the Arbor Creek Spring Band Concert. Recordings from these performances were sent into the Texas CC Middle School Honor Band Contest, where they were evaluated by five judges at each round of the competition. ACMS competed in the CC conference to be judged against other schools with similarly-sized bands.
“Words cannot express how proud I am of the students,” said Arbor Creek Middle School Band Director Kimberly Beene. “They overcame so many challenges between 2020 and 2021. Many of these students endured much of their 6th and 7th grade band experience on a computer screen.”
Though this year was especially memorable, Beene says ACMS has a history of success at this very competition. “This is the fifth time that the ACMS Honors Band has placed in the top five in the state competition,” she said. “But to continue the tradition of excellence that the Arbor Creek Band is known for…it has just been one of the most inspiring years of teaching that I have ever had.”
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