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Cotton Recognizes Arkansan of the Week: Patrick Combs

July 7, 2016
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Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353 or Dylan Haney (501) 223-9081

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) this week recognized Patrick Combs, of Hot Springs, Arkansas as the "Arkansan of the Week" for inspiring Arkansas students through his love of music.

You can find the full text of Senator Cotton's recognition on the Senate Floor below. A video of Senator Cotton's remarks can be viewed here.

I would like to recognize Patrick Combs, of Hot Springs, Arkansas as this week's "Arkansan of the Week," for teaching Arkansas students to share his love of music and pushing them to succeed in everything they do.

Patrick just completed his fourth year as Band Director for the entire Fountain Lake School District. As the program's sole instructor, Patrick teaches instrumental music for all Middle School and High School students and directs both the marching and symphonic bands. To put that in perspective, the Fountain Lake Middle School and High School have a combined student body of over 800 students.

And Patrick is remarkable not just for teaching so many students (although, I know that is a feat in of itself!). Under his direction, the Fountain Lake music program has truly soared. Over the last four years the number of Fountain Lake students who earned a place in All Region bands more than doubled. And the number of students who won competitive tryouts in the 4 States Honor Band and the Arkansas All Star Band both more than tripled.

As a group, the Fountain Lake band earned a first division ranking in concert assessment for all four years of Patrick's tenure. And in three of his four years, the band also had the honor of being an Arkansas Sweepstakes Band.

Most recently, the Fountain Lake Band was one of only two Arkansas bands selected to participate in this year's National Independence Day Festival on the Fourth of July here in Washington. I was able to see the Fountain Lake band while they were in town and congratulate them on this big achievement. And while I unfortunately wasn't able to see the parade in person all reports indicate their performance was spectacular. I know I speak for all Arkansans when I saw they truly made the Natural State proud. I am confident their success was due in no small part to Patrick's instruction and leadership as well as the hard-work of Fountain Lake students.

I am honored to recognize Patrick Combs as this week's "Arkansan of the week," and commend him for his dedication to music education and the Fountain Lake school district. Arkansas is lucky a passionate educator like Patrick calls our state home.

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The "Arkansan of the Week" initiative is designed to honor Arkansans who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to their communities, and to the state.

Senator Cotton will honor each "Arkansan of the Week" with a speech on the Senate Floor.

If you know someone who has made an impact on their local community or Arkansas as a whole, Senator Cotton would like to recognize them! To nominate someone for "Arkansan of the Week," send an email to nominations@cotton.senate.gov with the following:
• Name of Nominee
• Detailed description of why they should be recognized as "Arkansan of the Week"
• Contact Info
• Photos if Available

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