The Indian Springs Middle School Wind Ensemble recently placed fourth in the state in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Contest, the highest a Keller district middle school has ever finished.Competing in the large school division, the Indian Springs group submitted a recording of three pieces, all from concert performances given in May. The group won both regional and area rounds before their fourth place state finish.“I’m really excited,” said David Puckett, head band director. “We had super support from our parents, our campus administration and our district. We picked some hard music, and the kids rose to the challenge and exceeded expectations. We’re proud of the end product.”Most of the musicians were eighth graders last spring and now play in bands for Central and Keller High Schools since Indian Springs is split between the two feeder patterns.Puckett said he got the word out to students with help from Central and Keller directors and has received lots of emails and calls from kids and parents.Part of the band’s success has come from collaboration with other directors, both from the high schools and other middle schools across the district, Puckett said.“We’re always sharing information and sharing successes,” he said.Kim Blann, fine arts director, agreed.“I think the success we’re seeing at the middle school level is in direct correlation to the success at the high school level,” Blann said.KISD bands had a banner year in 2012-13. Keller, Fossil Ridge and Central high schools all advanced to the University Interscholastic League’s State Marching Championship.Directors across the district get together regularly to share best practices from their programs and some ideas get implemented across the board.Blann said, “When we hear some of the great things coming out of these sessions, we can see something that’s very important that all the students should get in their education in Keller ISD.”Puckett is assisted at Indian Springs and with the sixth grade band at South Keller Intermediate by directors Jennifer Alocer and Chris Sebesta.