Congratulations to the McMeans Junior High Band for
advancing to the state level in the Texas Music Educators Association
Honor Band selection process. The MMJH Band finished in 1st
place at the Region Level, finished 1st place at the Area
Level and will now compete with the top fourteen bands in the state! The
winner will be named as the 2013 TMEA Honor Band and will perform a
concert at the annual convention in San Antonio in February, 2014.
Congratulations to all of our future JET Band musicians and their fine
directors, George Liverman and Sheri Engelmann!
More about the Honor Band process:
The concept of the
Honor Band originated during the term of Joe Frank, Sr., who served as
Band Division Chair from 1958 to 1960. The purpose was twofold. Many
educators believed that through the process of hearing and observing the
results of quality teaching, directors could develop their own
instructional skills to a higher level. In addition, selection of an
honor band in each classification recognized communities and school
systems that successfully supported music in education through their
instrumental music programs.
Through the years,
participation has been active and the recognition of exemplary programs
through the Honor Band selection process has become a most sought after
goal by many directors. As a result, the quality of honor groups has
remained high and the original purpose of growth and development through
observation of superior teaching and performance has been addressed
annually and maintains its validity. Teachers throughout the state have
definitely had the opportunity to learn from master teachers by
attending honor band performances and clinics.
In 1958 a set of
rules and regulations was developed for the selection of Honor Bands.
While these guidelines have been refined on several occasions, the
original policies to protect the integrity of the competition have
remained intact. Ultimately, however, it is the responsibility of the
participating director and administration to maintain the integrity of
the Honor Band process. In order for the selection system to accomplish
its purpose, all involved must honestly adhere to established procedures
and share responsibility for maintaining high ethical standards. In the
final analysis, preparation and participation must be consistent with
worthwhile educational goals without exploitation of students or the
outstanding bands that have followed established procedures through the
years and emerged as TMEA Honor Bands are evidence of the strength of
the concept and regulations. It is the responsibility of all music
educators who participate in the honor band selection process to model
their preparation and participation after these exemplary programs.