Orchestra and Band Win National Awards
The Willow Springs Middle School Chamber Orchestra, directed by Amy Gearhart, earned the distinction of National Winner in the 2018 Mark of Excellence / National Orchestra project.
Lovejoy High School and Willow Springs Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of Nathan Lewis, are both Commended Winners in the 2018 Mark of Excellence / National Percussion Ensemble Honors project.
The Mark of Excellence is a national music competition that recognizes music programs and their ensembles for high standards in performance.
The Foundation for Music Education sponsors this project. Nationally respected adjudicators judge ensembles, with the top 25% being named as National Winners and the second 25% named as Commended Winners. The project received 279 entries in all classifications this year, and with entries from 38 states.