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Wind Symphony earns second place in American Prize competition

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Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Wind Symphony

Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Wind Symphony

Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Wind Symphony has placed second in one of the nation's most prestigious performing arts competitions - The American Prize.

The ensemble, which is comprised of about 50 students, is led by Dr. Scott Anthony Jones, Director of Bands.

The Wind Symphony was one of seven ensembles to make the university division list earlier this year. The ensemble is the premiere concert band at A&M-Kingsville and serves the region through concert tours, clinics and its High School Invitational Concert series. The Wind Symphony has been previously recognized for its outstanding performances at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division Conference in Houston.

“We are thrilled to earn second place in this prestigious national competition," Jones said. "It’s a further reflection of the outstanding students, faculty, administration and generations of alumni who make up the Javelina nation. The TAMUK School of Music is a truly special community of musicians that continues to make its mark on the world stage. I’m so proud of our students.”

The American Prize, established in 2009, is a series of non-profit national competitions in the performing arts at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. It provides cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year.

To learn more about the prestigious national competition, visit

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