Eleven Katy ISD Music Ensembles Recognized as National Winners in Mark of Excellence Awards 

Eleven Katy ISD Music Ensembles Recognized as National Winners in Mark of Excellence Awards 

September 29 2023

Eleven Katy ISD music ensembles were recently recognized as national winners in The Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence Competition.  Only the top 25% of entrants receive the National Winner distinction. The second 25% are named as Commended Winners. 

“The Foundation of Music Education is an organization that recognizes the highest performing ensembles across the nation. Katy ISD recently had 11 ensembles including bands, orchestras and choirs receiving this district honor,” said Damon Archer, Executive Director of Fine Arts.  “Congratulations to these directors and students for receiving this well-deserved recognition,” added Archer.   

This year, the national event received 440 entries from 40 states.  The Mark of Excellence project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievements in performance by high school and middle/junior high band, choirs and orchestras.   

The following groups were recognized as national winners: 

Mark of Excellence National Winners: 

Music Ensemble 


Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia Orchestra 

Desiree Overree  

Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra 

Desiree Overee, John Mays & Sean Carlton 

Seven Lakes Junior High Varsity Treble Choir 

Kristin Likos 

Seven Lakes Junior High Tenor Bass Choir 

Kristin Likos 


Joe M Adams Junior High Honors Band 

Darlene Blose 

Seven Lakes Junior High Chamber Orchestra 

Jennifer Gingell & Bethany Hagin 

Jordan HS Sinfonia Orchestra 

Kyle Davis 

Jordan High School Symphony  

Kyle Davis & Daniel Galloway 

Mark of Excellence Commended National Winners:

Music Ensemble 


Cinco Ranch JH Honors Band  

Rachelle Isaacson  

Tays Junior High Chamber Orchestra 

Bryanna Porter 

WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra 

Klayton Hoefler 

Source: Katy ISD

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