The Hubbard Middle School Symphonic Band celebrated many accomplishments last year, such as receiving a Sweepstakes rating at UIL competition. But the accomplishments didn’t stop there.
“The Husky Band did a great job last year, they worked hard for UIL and earned the first Sweepstakes for Hubbard Band in 15 years,” Director Mike Oglesby said. “We had a really good recording of the UIL contest so I thought we would submit that for the national honor.”
The Husky Band recently earned national recognition by being named Commended Winner in the 2019 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project. The honor places the HMS band among the top middle school programs in the United States.
“What it means for the Hubbard Husky band to receive this award is really relieving and satisfying to know our hard work finally paid off for us to see that we have come this far,” Hubbard eighth grader, Cody Hageman, said.
The HMS Band won the honor by submitting live recordings of “Armory” by Randall D. Standridge and “Danza de Espana” by Carol Brittin Chambers, the routines performed during the UIL Competition.
“I am so proud that they are representing Hubbard at the local level and actually Tyler ISD and the City of Tyler at the national level,” Mr. Oglesby said. “I am really proud of what the kids have accomplished.”
The competition received 320 entries from 38 states across the country. This is the first time a Tyler ISD band has received the honor.