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Tyler ISD high schools take top honors at UIL competition

TYLER, April 23, 2014-- John Tyler and Robert E. Lee High School orchestras recently earned top honors in University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition. The schools received superior marks in concert and sight reading events leading to overall Sweepstakes honors, the highest honor UIL awards in music competition.

This is the first Sweepstakes award for the John Tyler Orchestra, and sets the school on a path of excellence for years to come.

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

The Robert E. Lee Orchestra is also celebrating a school milestone, as this year’s honor marks the fifteenth consecutive year the orchestra has earned Sweepstakes status.

“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. “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.”

“We are very proud to have Sweepstakes orchestras on both of our Tyler ISD high school campuses,” George Faber, Tyler ISD fine arts director, said. “The dedication of our high school and middle school programs in producing quality students makes the difference. 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.

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