John Tyler, Robert E. Lee orchestras receive superior ratings

Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:43 - Written by

Tyler ISD’s two high school orchestras earned the highest honor at the recent University Interscholastic League competition.

John Tyler and Robert E. Lee High School orchestras received superior marks in concert and sight-reading events leading to overall Sweepstakes honors, the highest honor UIL awards in music competition, according to a district news release. This is the first Sweepstakes award for the John Tyler Orchestra.

“The superior rating is now a benchmark that future John Tyler orchestra members must strive to achieve,” John Tyler Orchestra Director Alex Blair said, according to the news release. “John Tyler High School has much to be proud of.”

This year marked the fifteenth consecutive year the Robert E. Lee Orchestra has earned Sweepstakes status, according to the news release.

“Many hours of preparation and hard work by both the students and directors are at the root of any successful music program,” Julie Simpson, Lee orchestra director, said, according to the news release. “I am fortunate to have students who want to reach their potential not only academically, but musically as well. They are willing to put in the time that is necessary to be an award-winning orchestra.”

Tyler ISD fine arts director George Faber said the district is proud to have Sweepstakes orchestras at both high school campuses. 

“The dedication of our high school and middle school programs in producing quality students makes the difference,” Faber said, according to the news release. “I can’t say enough about all of the orchestra teachers in Tyler ISD.”

Moore MST Magnet School Orchestra also received Sweepstakes honors in the middle school division.