Space Center Band Program: A Tradition of Excellence

The Space Center Intermediate School Band has a tradition of excellence. This tradition is the result of the commitment, dedication, and hard work of many individuals. We have all been blessed together: outstanding students, wonderful parents, supportive administration, incredible private lesson teachers, phenomenal clinicians, and devoted band directors. Since the school opened in 1992, the band program has been consistently recognized for excellence at both the state and national level. The following achievements highlight our tradition of excellence:

 

The John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Cup Recipient

  • 2010 Recipient of the Sudler Cup from The John Philip Sousa Foundation (Mr. Donald W. McCandless, Director of Bands)
  • 1999 Recipient of the Sudler Cup from The John Philip Sousa Foundation (Mr. Gregory W. Dick, Director of Bands)
  • The Sudler Cup is considered the most prestigious international award given to middle school band programs
  • Space Center Band is the only school that has received the award twice

Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors

  • Commended Winner (2015)
  • Commended Winner (2012)
  • Commended Winner (2010)
  • Commended Winner (2009)
  • National Winner (2008)
  • National Finalist - Mark of Excellence (2007)
  • Commended Winner - National Wind Band Honors (2007)
  • Overall Outstanding Middle School Band - Mark of Excellence (2006)

U.I.L. Concert & Sightreading Contest

  • Symphonic Band has earned 22 Sweepstakes Awards
  • Honors Band has earned 17 Sweepstakes Awards, 1 Superior Concert Performance Award, & 4 Superior Sightreading Performance Awards
  • Concert Band has earned 5 Sweepstakes Awards, 5 Superior Concert Performance Awards & 6 Superior Sightreading Performance Awards
  • Symphonic Band, Honors Band & Concert Band all earned an award at U.I.L. Concert & Sightreading Contest every year for 15 consecutive years

Region Band Auditions

  • 102 students have earned 1st Chair honors since the school opened
  • 913 students have earned Region Band honors since the school opened
  • 1211 students have earned District Band honors since the school opened

Solo & Ensemble Contest

  • 6814 total medals have been earned by students receiving 1st Division ratings for solo and ensemble performances since the school opened

Adjudicator Comments about Space Center Band Performances

  • "One of the finest middle school bands I have ever heard!! Absolutely amazing!"
  • "Such beautiful tone qualities throughout this tremendous ensemble. I am once again so impressed with your wonderful program. You set a standard for all of us to shoot for. I really appreciate all the work it takes to get to such a high level of performance!"
  • "You don't hear this kind of maturity in many bands, and seldom do you hear musicianship like this - Bravo!! You are a credit to music education in America."
  • "What an amazing display of dedication by young musicians. Your program continues to be one of the top programs in the state year after year. Tonight absolutely continued your fine tradition - superb - a pleasure to hear you."

Symphonic Band

  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2015)
  • "Overall Outstanding Band" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2015)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2014)
  • "Overall Outstanding Band" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2014)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2012)
  • "Overall Outstanding Band" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2012)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2011)
  • "Overall Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2011)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2010)
  • "Overall Outstanding Band" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2010)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2009)
  • "Overall Outstanding Band" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2009)
  • State Finalist - TMEA Honor Band Audition (2006)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Buckaroo Showcase of Music (2006)
  • "Overall Outstanding Band" Award - Buckaroo Showcase of Music (2006)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2005)
  • "Overall Outstanding Band" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2005)
  • Area Finalist - TMEA Honor Band Audition (2004)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - South Coast Music Festival (2004)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2003)
  • "Overall Outstanding Band" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2003)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - South Coast Music Festival (2002)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Buckaroo Showcase of Music (2002)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Spring Splashtown Band Festival (2001)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2001)
  • "Overall Outstanding Band" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2001)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Spring Splashtown Band Festival (2000)

Honors Band

  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2014)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2012)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2010)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2009)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2005)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2003)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Buckaroo Showcase of Music (2002)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2001)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Spring Splashtown Band Festival (2000)

Concert Band

  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2014)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2010)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Space City Showcase of Music (2009)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2005)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2003)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Buckaroo Showcase of Music (2002)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Alamo Showcase of Music (2001)
  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Spring Splashtown Band Festival (2000)

Beginner Band

  • "Outstanding in Class" Award - Spring Splashtown Band Festival (2000)
  • 88 Ensembles Earned "Superior" Ratings - Ensemble Contest (2005 - present)