Missouri Military Academy Wins Competition at the 43rd National Military School Band and Choir Festival

Mar 26, 2019

For the second consecutive year, Missouri Military Academy was awarded the National Military School Band and Choir Festival Competition’s top honor – the Ronald L. Horton Award – at the 43rd annual event, held in Roswell, New Mexico in March.

Twenty-one cadets traveled from MMA’s campus in Mexico, Mo., for the festival competition. MMA Director of Music Freddie Lomas led the band. Originally of Cornwall, England, Lomas completed 25 years of service in the Royal Marines Band Service prior to joining MMA. Now an accomplished music director, Lomas holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Portsmouth University, a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) diploma in wind band conducting, and a clarinet performance diploma from Trinity College in London. In June, he will complete his master’s degree in music education at the University of Missouri.

In this year’s competition, MMA cadets competed against students from 10 other military schools, including Army & Navy Academy, Fork Union Military Academy, Hargrave Military Academy, Marine Military Academy, New Mexico Military Institute, Norwich University, Randolph-Macon Academy, Saint John’s Northwestern Military Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Founded in the 1960s by the Military School Band Association, the National Military Band and Choir Festival is meant to “preserve the heritage of military school and promote the performance of military band music.”

Providing private, college preparatory education for boys and young men in grades 7 through postgraduate, the Missouri Military Academy is one of few such select academies in the United States. MMA’s 360˚ Education® program is designed around the needs of boys during their formative years, tapping into what motivates them-positive reinforcement, structure, consistent physical and mental challenge, loyalty and a team mentality. MMA inspires boys from around the world to reach their potential by fostering academic excellence, character development and leadership training in a safe, structured environment. For more information, visit MissouriMilitaryAcademy.org.