Welcome to BISD Instrumental Music
BISD offers instruction in brass, woodwinds, and percussion in grades 6-12. Students are encouraged to begin instruction in 6th grade and enjoy a continuous, sequential band experience through high school and beyond. Students begin instruction in homogeneous instrument classes and advance to full band groupings. Because band is a fully curricular academic enrichment course, students learn through a curriculum aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills required by the Texas Education Agency.Band members have many opportunities to participate in performance activities including concerts, festivals, solo and ensemble contests, and marching band. BISD has a strong tradition of excellence in instrumental music with many awards and recognitions including selection as finalist or winners of many marching and concert band competitions.
High School Band Members Selected to All-Region Band
Congratulations to an incredible 85 band members from BISD high schools who were selected to the TMEA Region 31 All-Region Band and 23 freshman who were selected to the 9th Grade Region Band. Out of six school districts competing, BISD had more students selected than all others with the exception of one. Likewise, BISD had the second most students advancing on to the final Area round of auditions (bolded names). Best of luck to our Area candidates as they prepare in hopes of being selected as a Texas Music Educator Association 2017 All-State Musician!
BIRDVILLE HS: Luke Almy, Kevin Arce, Jackson Boyd, Caleb Henry, Camille Henyan, Sydney Hocker, Cole Kirchenbauer, Reece Neathery, Thalia Nolder, Meagan Overcash, Evan Pallanes, Jordan Proffer, Zachary Rodgers, Diana Saenz-Vazquez, Julian Shannon, Jonathan Shier, Matthew Taylor, Seth Vaught, Jacob Villarreal, Landry Wells
HALTOM HS: Peter Armendariz, Jefferson Arnold, Ian Bassham, Caroline Berry, Emily Castro, Maryel Cazares, Izaiah Curry, Allen Daniel, Mateo Deleon, Kevin Dinh, Ashtun Fouts
Samantha Guerrero, Ammy Hernandez, Zach Hills, Katelin Kripps, Aman Kumar, Elisabeth Loeffler, Yenahira Maisonet, Nedim Maric, Marco Munoz, Johnny Naw, Brandon Ortega, Sorin Pena, John Pham, Andrea Phillips, Trey Pratt, Chayla Presley, Matthew Rodriguez, Anthony Sacks, Megan Silavongsa, Savannah Thomas, Nathan Vela, Summer Williams, Ethan Willinger
RICHLAND HS: Josh Alpert, Brittany Baskett, David Beavers, Jake Buckner, Jasmine Cantu, Alaina Chauvin, Daniel Christensen, Nathaniel Clemetson, Jason Dobbins, Michael Ford, Honesty Gleaves, Ali Gleaves, Caroline Greene, Fisher Griffin, Christopher Johnson, Taylor King, Ryan Kloberdanz, Isaiah Knight, Alyssa Kunkel, Morgan Layfield, Noah Lewis, John MacDonald, Emily McLain, Elizabeth Mey,
Hunter Morris, Kevin Pang, David Peters, Joshua Pruett, Grit Saichua, Chris Spence, Kailee Trinh
9TH GRADE REGION BAND
Birdville HS: Laura Franco, Lane Henyan, Everett Howe, Victoria Perrin, Kaylee Rademacher, Jocelyn Renteria, Jonathan Schirmer, Alyse Stiles, Noah Strickland (Alternates: Harley Bolles, Abby Bouchelle, Lauren Mcmahon, Luke Sederberg, Michael Thilges)
Haltom HS: Kevin Le, Ricardo Martinez, Perla Picon-Sanchez, Thomas Sacks, Madison Silavongsa, Travis Visounnaraj (Alternates: Anthony Barrett, Hunter Bowden, Chloe Rey)
Richland HS: Cole Brown, Brianna Fagan, Dennise Fults, Tai Ha, Zoe Harris, Eduardo Ruiz, Julianna Thompson, Joshua Walz (Alternates: Michael Britt, Aaron Gieder, Josh Martinez, Mariam Zenhom)
All-State Jazz Band Members Announced
Congratulations to two instrumentalists from Birdville High School for being selected to the 2017 Texas All-State Jazz Band! Bass trombonist Julian Shannon (right) placed 2nd out of 48 auditioners from across Texas as well as trumpeter Jonathan Shier (left) who placed 4th out of 131 trumpets. These young men will travel to San Antonio in February to rehearse and perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention.
RHS Marching Band Wins Lone Star Contest!
Congratulations to the Richland HS Marching Band for being named Grand Champion of the Lone Star Preview Marching Contest in The Woodlands, Texas! In preliminary competition, the band placed first overall and won every caption in the AAA division including Best Auxiliary, Percussion, Musical Performance, Visual Performance, and General Effect. In finals, the band placed first overall as well as receiving caption awards for Musical Performance and General Effect. Of special note is the fact that RHS was the only 5A band selected for finals and competed against many recent UIL State Marching Contest finalists. WAY TO GO REBELS!!!
BISD Succeeds at Region Jazz Auditions
Congratulations to BISD high school jazz band members who competed at this past weekend's Region 31 All-Region Jazz Auditions. Fourteen students from BHS, HHS, and RHS were selected to one of the two All-Region Jazz Bands that will perform on November 17th at Birdville HS. Of special note are the nine students whose chair placement advances them to the area-level competition with hopes of being selected to the 2017 Texas All-State Jazz Band.
Birdville HS: Luke Almy, Jackson Boyd, Caleb Henry, Cole Kirchenbauer, Reece Neathery, Jordan Proffer, Zachary Rodgers, Julian Shannon, Jonathan Shier, Seth Vaught, Jacob Villarreal
Haltom High School: Ian Bassham, Kamron Curry
Richland HS: Michael Ford
Bold = Area-candidate
Richland HS Wind Ensemble Featured Band at National FestivalCongratulations to the Richland HS Wind Ensemble for their recent invitation to perform as a Featured Band at the 2017 Music For All National Concert Band Festival. This coming March, the varsity concert band will travel to Butler University in Indianapolis to perform an hour-long concert before music educators and ensembles from around the United States at this invitation-only festival. Band members will also participate in master classes led by world-renowned instrumentalists from leading symphony orchestras and professional ensembles. Thank you to directors Jason Bird, Mike Pickrell, Scott Dupre and Evan Blackard for helping these students achieve this success!
Birdville HS Jazz Band Named National Winner
Congratulations to the Birdville HS Jazz Ensemble for being selected as a "National Winner" in the Mark of Excellence National Jazz Honors Project hosted by The Foundation for Music Education (www.foundationformusiceducation.org). Groups from across the nation submitted recordings to Music For All for adjudication. BHS Jazz Ensemble was one of only two groups selected this year for this top honor. Thanks to director Mike Cheripka for helping lead these students to this outstanding achievement.
Richland HS Wind Ensemble Named Commended Winner
Congratulations to the RHS Wind Ensemble for be selected as a "Commended Winner" in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project hosted by The Foundation for Music Education (www.foundationformusiceducation.org). Almost 240 performing groups from across the country submitted recordings for adjudication with Richland HS placing in the top 13 recordings. Thanks to director Jason Bird for his leadership and to the outstanding students who were part of the RHS Wind Ensemble.
RHS Percussion Wins PASIC!
Congratulations to the Richland High School Percussion Ensemble for winning the Percussive Arts Society's Ensemble Showcase Competition! RHS Percussion Ensemble's submitted recordings were selected over numerous entries from across the country. The group will accept an invitation to perform a 50-minute showcase concert in Indianapolis this coming November at PASIC, the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention. Congratulations to these outstanding players and their instructor Evan Blackard.
RHS Wind Ensemble Advances to State in Honor Band Competition
Congratulations to the Richland HS Wind Ensemble for advancing to the finals of the UIL State 6A Honor Band Competition. The RHS Band was first place in both the regional and area-level contest sending them to the final round of competition on July 21st in San Antonio. Bands from across the state submit recordings that are judged with the ultimate winner having a featured performance at the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association Convention.
Best of luck to the RHS Wind Ensemble!
BHS Wind Ensembles Receives Multiple Ovations
Congratulations to the Birdville HS Wind Ensemble for their recent participation in the invitation-only National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis hosted by Music For All. With nearly 3000 participants, the BHS Wind Ensemble was one of only 14 bands from across the country selected as a "Featured Performer." The band performed a demanding hour-long concert in Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall for an extremely appreciative audience that gave them multiple ovations. When the band was not performing, they were immersed attending other bands' concerts as well as master classes with leading industry professionals. Congratulations to the BHS Wind Ensemble and their directors Mike Cheripka, Gary Barnard, Carol Meadows, and James Figueredo.