The Maumelle Band Department recently pulled off not just hosting the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association Region 1 Concert Assessment but also won it it.

The Maumelle High School Concert Band, under the direction of Mary Poppelreiter and the Maumelle High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kerry Blakemore, earned Superior ratings from all adjudicators on Stage and in Sight Reading. Both bands have been awarded a Sweepstakes Trophy by the Association and that is the highest award a band can earn in Arkansas.

This is the fourth consecutive year the school was so honored and the first time two high school bands competed and earned this award.

Also, the future Gornet band members in the Maumelle Middle School eighth-grade Symphonic Band earned all superior ratings and a Sweepstakes Award. The Maumelle Middle School seventh-grade Concert Band had a very distinguished performance, earning Excellent Ratings (II) on stage and a Superior Rating (I) in Sight Reading.