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Middle school band receives another Mark of Excellence

The Foundation for Music Education has designated SCAPA's middle school band as Kentucky’s state-level winner of the 2019 Mark of Excellence award in the national wind band honors division. Robin Barker, who is in her 35th year of teaching in Fayette County Public Schools, directs the SCAPA musicians along with assistant Aaron Jones. 

"This group of students and Robin Barker are unbelievably dedicated to being the best possible musicians they can be," said Principal Beth Randolph. "Her level of commitment inspires others to do their best. It simply pushes our whole program to a standard of excellence unmatched!"

The foundation, which received 320 recordings from 38 states for this year’s competition, recognizes outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs, and orchestras. Judges deem the top 25% of entrants as national winners and the second 25% as commended winners; they also designate winners by state. Since the program began in 2008, only five Kentucky bands have earned the Mark of Excellence, and SCAPA is a three-time recipient.