El Dorado Band Winning Award

For the first time, the SFPS’ El Dorado Community School Band has placed first in the NMAA Middle School State Concert Band Contest. The event, held at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho on April 21st, featured eight middle school bands from across the state.

“I am so unbelievably proud of the El Dorado Band for earning a superior rating and being named the state middle school band champion!  Award-winning bands work as a team with each other, their teachers, administrators and families,” said April Pickrell, SFPS music education coordinator.  She thanked Maurice Norman, band director and SFPS band instructional coach “for all you do for our students!  Taking first for the first time is an exceptional accomplishment.” 

Norman said, “I feel very honored to be working with this amazing group of students!  They survived COVID and stayed focused on continuing to elevate their musicianship. It has really paid off.  I hope this memory and their love for music stays with them for life.”

The NMAA Concert Band Contest, in partnership with the New Mexico Music Educators Association, provides an opportunity for high school, middle school and junior high bands to participate in a statewide band festival that brings together New Mexico’s best bands in competition. State concert band contest participants represent a variety of populations, school sizes and geographic locations.

Watch the full performance here!