This past weekend the Eastland Band performed at region UIL contest in Mineral Wells. The band received 1st division ratings from all 3 judges and will be advancing to area contest this Saturday October 26th at Collins Stadium in Denton, TX at 1:45PM
I had the chance to speak to Olivia Tucker's music education class at the University of North Texas today. I'm leaving this slide presentation here for any of those students who wanted to access a copy of it. A pleasure meeting you today.
Find attached here the videos and hand out for the following Texas Bandmasters Association Convention Clinic
Friday, July 26: 11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Creating a Successful Band Program in a Rural Community
Room: CC 206 • •
Clinician(s): Stephen Cox [-Bio-], Jon Schriver [-Bio-], Jennifer Webber [-Bio-]
How do you engage a community and foster a culture of excellence when you’re also fighting a less than desirable budget and lack of access to the things that most band programs consider essentials? Come join this clinic to hear from some successful small school directors about what works for their rural programs.
Engaging the Community
Big day for the Eastland High School Wind Symphony!
Today our recordings in the TMEA Honor Band Contest and ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series were judged along side other great bands from across the state.
The results were really impressive. Eastland finished 3rd place in the Honorband Competition and 2nd place in the OPS Concert Category
This was the first time Eastland High School made the state honor band list. Last year, Eastland Middle School made the state honor band list for their first time under the direction of Jett Lowrance.
In OPS, the recording of Vesuvius finished in 2nd place. Both 1st and 2nd place are feature winners so that means that Eastland High School will be featured with the other winning bands for a second year in a row. In the past the winners have gone on a CD but this year they will be distributed digitally.
This is a really fantastic result. These kids have been working so hard and have earned this recognition. Great work Eastland!
This spring Mr. Cox was nominated by a student for the Grammy Music Educator Award. After the initial screening of the applicants they are narrowed down to 189 Quarter finalist. Mr. Cox has been included on this list!
At this level, nominees are expected to prepare three videos for submission to a screening committee and 25 semi-finalist will be announced in September. The following is Mr. Cox's submission. We would like to thank all of the band and community members that participated in this project.
1) Please submit a 2 – 4 minute video OR a maximum 400 word essay in which you cover the following topics:
2) Please submit a 2 – 4 minute video OR maximum 400 word essay in which you cover as many of the following topics as are applicable to you. (If you submit a video, please include at least 2 testimonials from your students, peers, or community members as part of conveying your impact. If you are submitting an essay, you can include written testimonials by uploading them in the at the bottom of the application.)
3) Please provide a video recording of you teaching and/or directing in ONE classroom session (NOT a performance). The recording may be of a rehearsal or any non-performance music class. Please include a slide or brief verbal description/goal of the class segment that you will be recording. The length of the excerpt should be a continuous time period of 8 minutes (i.e., no cuts within that time frame). Determine optimal camera placement. It is optimal to place the camera on a tripod at the side of the room and, if possible, set it up high on a counter or table. Set the lens to a wide angle. It is important for an evaluator to be able to see you and your students together, your students’ reactions to what you are doing, and their engagement in learning. Avoid trying to follow a conversation back and forth between different people by panning the camera too much. Please ensure all of the audio recorded is clear and understandable (yourself, students, etc.) Use clip on mics when needed (if available).
Eastland Band Students had another fantastic year at State Solo and Ensemble Contest this June. 17 students had advanced to this level of the contest and they brought home 11 medals total from the contest, including an outstanding performer medal, award to junior clarinetist Joshua Karki.
1st Division Soloists Medalists:
Pete Jameson, Ryan Jameson, Joshua Karki, and Lance Tinkle
2nd Division Solo Medalists:
Andy Nguyen, Dillon McGrath
1st Division Ensemble Medalist:
Shelby Fuquay, Catherine Hernandez, Joshua Karki, Kailey Vickers
Your 2019 Marching Show is...
The story of the Mars Rover
Inspired by this Story (definitely listen to this):
This passed week the Eastland Band Program presented music week in Eastland. Centered around Eastland Alumni Collen Gray "Tex" Satterwhite and his music, the band presented programs featuring the history of music in Eastland.
A special guest came to Eastland for the celebration. Lindsay Kaufman, Satterwhite's daughter flew in from Los Angeles. Lindsay has visited Eastland a few times, the first being a visit as a small child in the 1950's to meet her grandparents Lina Gray and E.C. Satterwhite
The week's events started with a showing of "The Benny Goodman Story" movie at the Majestic last Tuesday. Satterwhite appears in several scenes of this movie.
On Tuesday the Eastland HS Wind Symphony, one of the two concert bands at Eastland High School, performed a concert at the 1st United Methodist Church. This included performances of Easter Monday on the White House Lawn, A Childhood Hymn, A Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss, and Vesuvius.
Two band students presented vocal performances of Satterwhite's music, Catherine Hernandez singing the Patsy Cline hit Through the Eyes of a Child and Trenton West presenting a song from Satterwhite's personal collection entitled A Child at Prayer. Tex Satterwhite passed away in 1978 and it is believed that this song was never publicly performed until this concert.
On Thursday a combination of students from the Eastland Jazz band and Eastland Pops formed a group nicknamed the Satterwhite Symphony. They performed the Eastland Musical Legacy concert with song dedications to Phil Hewitt, Marsha Vermillion, and G.W. Collum. Verna Johnson and Leon Hale were recognized as distinguished faculty and distinguished alumni respectively.
Friday saw a swing dance at the Connellee Roof Top Garden with live music provided by the Key City Jazz Quintet. Satterwhite, Leon Hale, and their friends used to hold dances in this same location in the 1930's after forming a dance band of local high school/community musicians.
Despite the weather, the Eastland Jazz Festival finished off the week on Saturday in the downtown square with jazz bands performing throughout the day at the Lyric Theatre and the old Texas Band building on the square. Groups included the Eastland Jazz Band, Eastland Pops, Tarleton Jazz Band, Stephenville HS, Jim Ned HS, Wylie HS, Abilene HS, and Howard Payne University.
Here you will find the dedications for the Eastland Musical Legacy Concert that was held at the Eastland Majestic Theatre 4/11/2019
Collen Gray Satterwhite
Basin Street Blues- Phil Hewitt
This performance is dedicated to Phil Hewitt. He directed the Eastland Band in the 1960's and again in the 1980's. He lead the program to their first known sweepstakes in 1989 and started the jazz band program. This song is one of his favorites that his students remember playing many times.
Prof. Collum - Hail Alma Mater
G.W. Collum was the band director in Eastland, TX from 1935-1937. The band in Eastland was strong and Prof. Collum would be remembered in Eastland for many years after he left. He introduced the Eastland School song in 1936. Read more about him in the Band Director Hall of Fame.
Verna Johnson/ MArsha Vermillion
Verna Johnson taught for many, many, years in Eastland, TX. She was known as Teach Johnson to her students. Many times has she been honored in Eastland. Tonight we tie her to her successor Marsha Vermillion who is in attendance tonight. Marsha was a student of Verna Johnson and eventually took the same post at Eastland, leaving her own legacy.
She originally came into our view in photos of her visit with Collen Gray Satterwhite in 1976.
Leon is a band alumni and a long time columnist in Houston, TX. We have recently posted Leon's memories and biography here.
Tonight we have with us Lindsay Kaufman, daughter of Tex Satterwhite, picture visiting her grandparents home of Seaman St. as a child and again this week:
In 1960's Ina traveled to LA, California to be on the TV show "About Faces." While there she met Satterwhite and shared her experiences with us.