Hillgrove High Wind Symphony Earns National Recognition

2014 Hillgrove KSU Concert

The Hillgrove Concert Band at a recent concert at Kennesaw State University

The Hillgrove Wind Symphony was recently recognized by the Foundation for Music Education’s “Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors” as a National Winner in their annual recording competition.

Hillgrove submitted a recording of their Performance Evaluation Concert, featuring Symphony for Band by Vincent Persichetti. The band was adjudicated by Richard Floyd, Steve Davis and Anthony Maiello and it was determined that the ensemble was in the top 25% of recordings submitted. There were 224 submissions from 35 states this year.

Additionally, Hillgrove was the only 5A High School ensemble recognized outside the state of Texas.

The ensemble’s recording will be featured on a compilation CD of the National Winners that will be distributed nationally, as well as electronic distribution by Mark Records.

“Hillgrove would like to thank all the students, staff and community members for all their support in our musical endeavors,” Hillgrove Director of Bands Patrick Erwin said.  “Special thanks go to Christopher M. Ferrell, Supervisor of Instrumental Music, for his undying support of all our music programs.  Mr. Ferrell was the head band director at Hillgrove for 7 years, and is to be credited a great deal for our success.”

The award letter and winners list can be found here: http://www.hillgroveband.com/wp-content/uploads/Mark-of-Excellence.pdf