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The Greater Southwest Music Festival, Inc. was founded as a non-profit organization in 1969 by a group of local businessmen, musicians, educators, and other professional men and women. The purpose was to promote the educational and cultural aspects of fine arts among young people in middle and high schools in the northwest Texas area and surrounding states. The first festival was held in 1971 and has been ongoing annually since that time except in 2009 when the festival was cancelled due to the H1N1 flu pandemic. The festival continues to operate as an incentive for public interest and encouragement of music excellence in education.

The Festival annually welcomes students from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas. In recent years students from 60 schools in 40 cities have resulted in average entries of 64 choirs, 105 bands and orchestras, 18 show choirs and jazz bands and 1,250 solos and ensembles. These entries account for student participation of 8,832 annually.

While in Amarillo, students, directors and sponsors have an opportunity to visit the Wonderland Amusement Park, Palo Duro Canyon, The American Quarter Horse Association and other area attractions.

We welcome you to Amarillo and hope you have a pleasant and successful experience. Please contact us if we can do anything to make your visit more enjoyable.

Greater Southwest Music Festival 2018 Best in Class Trophies   



Vocal Soloist – Nicholas Jaquez             

Vocal Soloist – Morgan Turner         

String Soloist – Brianna Davis             

String Soloist – Braden Santer             

Band Soloist – Sanarie TeRoy -Mackenzie JH Lubbock

Band Soloist – Kyle Boshen                 

Band Soloist – Emily Klein                  

Piano Soloist – Davis Blaser                  

Piano Soloist – Eleisha Miller                

Best Ensemble – Mackenzie JH Lbb, Flute Duet (Nathanial Garcia and Whitney Richards),

Best Ensemble – Vega Trumpet Trio (Kami Drinnon, Zowie Watt, and Denzley Garza)                

Best Ensemble – Crockett Chamber String Ensemble –                                                                      

Best Ensemble – Jerri Gibbins Studio String Duet (Calista Essicks and Julian Uy)                                

Best Ensemble – Susan Shaw Studio Vocal Ensemble (no student names), Hereford                   

Best Ensemble – Eileene Moss Studio Piano Duet (Max and Jack Milligan)                                

Best Ensemble – Eileene Moss Studio Piano Duet (Angelina Nguyen and Emerson Archer)



Choir Winners                                       

Special Choir – Amarillo Youth Girl Concert Choir –

Elementary Choir – Lovington Elem. Honors Choir –                                                                               

6th Grade Choir – Frenship Terra Vista Beginning Womens Choir                                      

MS Non-Varsity Treble – Lubbock Cavazos JH Bella Voce –                                                       

*MS Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass – Lubbock Cavazos JH Cavalier Men’s Choir            

MS Varsity Treble – Lubbock Talkington MS Chorale                                                          

MS Varsity Tenor/Bass – Not Awarded

MS Varsity Mixed – Clovis Gattis MS Chorale      

HS Non-Varsity Mixed – Not Awarded

HS Non-Varsity Treble – Clovis Freshman Academy Chorale Women’s Choir                              

HS Varsity Treble – Canyon HS Bella Voce

HS Varsity Tenor/Bass – Not Awarded  

HS Varsity Mixed – Bushland HS Choir        

MS Show Choir – Not Awarded

HS Show Choir – Lubbock Talkington HS


Band/Orchestra Winners                              

Non-Varsity Special Orchestra – Amarillo Symphony Youth Orchestra Sinfonia                            

Varsity Special Orchestra – Amarillo College Suzuki Orchestra                                                 

Beginning Orchestra – Humphreys Highland Elementary

6th Grade Orchestra – Bowie Sinfonietta Orchestra      

MS Non-Varsity Orchestra – Bonham Concertino Orchestra -                               

MS Varsity Orchestra – Fannin MS Orchestra              

MS Full Orchestra – Not Awarded  

HS Non-Varsity Orchestra – Tascosa Philharmonic Orchestra                                      

HS Varsity Orchestra – Palo Duro Orchestra                                                                          

HS Full Orchestra – Tascosa Orchestra           

Small School Beginning Band – Slaton JH           

Large School Beginning Band – Canyon Intermediate

*Small MS Non-Varsity Band – Shallowater MS


Large MS Non-Varsity Band – Plainview Estacado Symphonic                          

Small MS Varsity Band – Shallowater MS                                                                             

Large MS Varsity Band – Judges Decision is a tie, Odessa Wilson and Young and Amarillo Bonham MS                                                                 

Small HS Non-Varsity Band – Not Awarded

Large HS Non-Varsity Band  - Clovis Freshman Academy Technique Band                         

Small HS Varsity Band – Canadian HS Band                                                                         

Large HS Varsity Band – Tascosa HS Band         

MS Jazz Band – Odessa Wilson and Young         

HS Jazz Band – Amarillo HS

Special Band – Lubbock Southcrest Christian Academy                                                                              


Best Overall Awards                                    

Best Choir – Frenship Terra Vista MS Beginning Womens Choir                                         

Best Orchestra – Fannin MS Orchestra                                                                                   

Best Band – Tascosa HS Band                       Picked up

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