Decatur High School Wind Ensemble wins The American Prize in Band PerformanceThe front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The Decatur High School Wind Ensemble, conducted by Robert Truan, recently took the title as 2017-18 winner of The American Prize in Band Performance at the high school level.
Applications for this award were received from all over the country, attracting several hundred contestants since its start.
After completing a set of “new, non-profit national competitions,” Decatur High School earned the prize. Each winning group is awarded with a cash prize, professional adjudication, and recognition on the international level.
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The American Prize is not only for bands, though. Since 2010, these non-profit competitions have awarded upwards of $50,000.
“Most artists may never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or perhaps ever even be nominated, but that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward,” chief judge of the American Prize, David Katz said in a recent press release. “Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of a few schools. It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”
To view the official announcement and to learn more about Robert Truan’s accomplishments as conductor, check out the American Prize’s blog post by clicking here.
You can also find more information related to American Prize competitions on the website by visiting: www.theamericanprize.org.
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