2023 Citation of Excellence Results and Adjudicators

The Citation of Excellence is a competition for Texas non-varsity high school & middle school bands

2023 Citation of Excellence Winners

Class A

Group Conductor Location
Coleman MS Concert Band Armando Vera Waxahachie, TX
Colleyville MS Symphonic Band Aaron R. Sanchez Colleyville, TX
Four Points MS Symphonic Band Jung Mour Austin, TX
Heritage MS Symphonic Band Brenda Hinton Colleyville, TX

Class AA

Group Conductor Location
Artie Henry MS Concert Band Aaron R. Sanchez Cedar Park, TX
Artie Henry MS Symphonic Band Katherine M. Norris Cedar Park, TX
Cedar Park MS Concert Band Brandon Morrison Cedar Park, TX
Cinco Ranch JH Symphonic Band Lisa James Katy, TX
Clint Small MS Symphonic Winds Alan DeVall Austin, TX
Cooper JH Symphonic Band Misty Smith & Adam Powell Wylie, TX
Hamilton MS Symphonic Band Nathan Urushima Cypress, TX
Joe M Adams JH Symphonic Band Randallyn Holdford Fulshear, TX
Pearson Ranch MS Honor Band David Eickbusch & Anne Leo Austin, TX
Red Oak MS Symphonic Band Chris Eaton Red Oak, TX


Group Conductor Location
Aledo Symphonic Band Jake Albin Aledo, TX
Colleyville Heritage HS Symphonic Band Cody Haddock Colleyville, TX
Grapevine HS Honors Band William Redd Grapevine, TX
Lone Star HS Symphonic Band Timothy Hickman Frisco, TX
Summit HS Wind Ensemble Beth Hermanson Arlington, TX


Group Conductor Location
Glenda Dawson HS Symphonic Band Emelia Hedden Pearland, TX
Keller HS Symphonic Band Ryan Heath Keller, TX
Westwood HS Wind Symphony Brittany Dacy Austin, TX


Group Conductor Location
Round Rock HS Philharmonic Full Orchestra Caleb Carter & Cathy Benford Round Rock, TX
Lowery Freshman Center Chamber Orchestra Charles Robinson Allen, TX
Seven Lakes HS Lyrica Orchestra Sean Carlton Katy, TX
Ereckson MS Sinfonia I Orchestra Rachel Boone & Joanna DeVoto Allen, TX
Seven Lakes JH Sinfonietta Orchestra Bethany Hagin & Jennifer Gingell Katy, TX

Commended Winners

Band Class A

Group Conductor Location
Atascocita MS Symphonic Band Danielle Dewees Humble, TX
Cedar Park MS Concert Winds Michelle Kim Cedar Park, TX
Smithfield MS Symphonic Band James Atilano North Richland Hills, TX
Sunnyvale MS Gold Band Michael Nation Sunnyvale, TX

Class AA

Group Conductor Location
Argyle MS Symphonic Band Marlie Cote Argyle, TX
Coppell MS East Symphonic Band Katherine Rivera Coppell, TX
Faubion MS Symphonic Band Josh Stephenson McKinney, TX
Keller MS Symphonic Band Richard Alvarado Keller, TX
Kerr MS Symphonic Band Brennan Ross Burleson, TX
Rushing MS Concert Band 1 Nicki Neugent Prosper, TX
Scoggins MS Symphonic Band Sarah Grace Minogue McKinney, TX
Smith MS Symphonic Band Kelly Orlando & David Garcia Cypress, TX
Ulrich Symphonic Band Mitchell Brackett Klein, TX


Group Conductor Location
Lebanon Trail HS Symphonic Winds Matthew Schaul Frisco, TX
Northwest HS Symphonic Band Allison Moreno Justin, TX
Richland HS Symphonic Band Anthony D Rivera North Richland Hills, TX
Whitehouse HS Symphonic Winds Wade Russell Whitehouse, TX


Group Conductor Location
Lake Ridge HS Wind Ensemble Alberto Ocasio Mansfield, TX
McMillen HS Wind Ensemble Joshua Kurzweil Murphy, TX
The Woodlands HS Symphonic Winds Aaron Stickley The Woodlands, TX
Wylie HS Wind Ensemble Mark Schroeder Wylie, TX

String Orchestra

Group Conductor Location
L.D. Bell HS Philharmonic Orchestra Allison King Hurst, TX
The Woodlands College Park HS Chamber Orchestra Emmanuel Coraza The Woodlands, TX
Canyon Vista MS Chamber Orchestra Ragan Whatley & Emily Hornbake Austin, TX
Curtis MS Sinfonia I Orchestra Amy Gearhart Allen, TX
Woodcreek MS Sinfonia Orchestra Pedro Funes & Joshua High Houston, TX

2023 Citation of Excellence Band Adjudicator

Brian Merrill

Brian Merrill currently serves as Conductor of the Mansfield Wind Symphony, an all-volunteer organization of adult musicians who have the passion and ability to perform advanced wind literature. In 2021, the Mansfield Wind Symphony performed at both the Texas Bandmasters Convention and at the Midwest Clinic. Merrill also serves as a consultant and clinician for DFW area middle school and high school bands.

Merrill taught band for seven years in the Irving ISD and 23 years at Duncanville High School. After retiring from public school teaching, Merrill served for eleven years as Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Education at Southern Methodist University.

Merrill is a Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association and served TBA as the Coordinator of the Academy for New Band, Choir and Orchestra Directors for 8 years. In 2013, the Texas Bandmasters Association recognized Merrill with the Meritorious Achievement Award. In 2021, Merrill was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.

2023 Citation of Excellence Orchestra Adjudicator

Anthony Maiello

Anthony J. Maiello received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Ithaca College in l965 and l967, respectively. He also studied at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Mr. Leonard Slatkin, Musical Director of the National?Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as a Cover Conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Maiello’s many professional credits include clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor of All-State, All-State Sectional, Regional, District, All-County and All-City ensembles, with appearances throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Europe, The Netherlands and The Bahamas. He conducted musical activities for the Gold Medal Ceremonies at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the New York State Music Camp & Institute; has served as New York State Music Association adjudicator; clinician with Yamaha, and clinician for Warner Bros. Publications, President of the International Association of Jazz Educators – New York State Chapter and as Musical Director for Music Festivals International. He is an elected member of The American Bandmasters Association and ASCAP, and holds membership in the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, New York State School Music Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, Virginia Jazz Service Organization, The College Music Society and The American Symphony Orchestra League.

Mr. Maiello’s academic experience includes extensive teaching in the public schools. He served as Professor of Music and Chairman of Performance at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College of SUNY, Potsdam, New York, where his duties included advanced instrumental conducting, applied clarinet, woodwind and percussion techniques; and conductor of the Crane Wind Ensemble. Under his direction, the ensembles at Crane and George Mason University have commissioned many new works, made numerous recordings and appearances statewide and at regional and national conferences in the United States and Canada. He is the author of CONDUCTING: A HANDS-ON-APPROACH, CONDUCTING NUANCES: LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT, and co-author of the 21st CENTURY BAND METHOD.
Anthony Maiello travels widely presenting clinics, lectures and workshops, and guest conducting and adjudicating numerous music festivals. He was Phi Beta Mu Band Director of the Year for the year 2015, and served as adjudicator / clinician for the ASTA National Orchestra Competition.