Last year, the Wind Ensemble submitted recordings for a competition known as “The Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors”. This project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands. The project gathers entries from throughout the United States and ranks the bands amongst their peers. A unique competitive environment is created that allows ensembles to compare their performance quality to that of other outstanding groups from across the country.

The Kelly Lane Knight Band entered in two categories: The ‘New Music’ Category (meaning our compositions were written by living composers) and the ‘Class AA’ category. We competed against other Middle Schools, Jr. High Schools AND HIGH SCHOOLS!! In the New Music category, we earned the highest ranking: National Winner!! We also earned “Commended Winner” in the ‘Class AA’ competition. This places us in the top 10 in the Nation! We are so very proud of our Knight Band members’ dedication to excellence and we hope to continue the tradition this year!!