Left to Right: Front Row:Braydon Sparkman, Kiya Hernandez, Meleny Rojas, Leslie Palacios, Catherine Hernandez, Taylor Clark, Braeden McDonald, Hallie Hagan Back Rows: Daniela Coyote, Joseph Trent, Selena Rubio, Lance Tinkle, Colton Henry, Ariel Hernandez, Trenton West, Heath Slavens, Joshua Karki, Laisha Marentes, Pete Jameson, Macey Fortenberry, Bryson Lear, Joel Hernandez, Justice Dove, Ryan Jameson, David Smith, Randa Light
The Eastland Band had great success at Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday February 8th. Every Eastland student that attended the contest left with a 1st division rating. The contest consist of high school and college level musical selections. Eastland had multiple soloist on many different instruments as well as a percussion ensemble under the direction of Juan Hernandez and three woodwind ensembles.
In total the Eastland Band students left with 28 first division medals with 22 students advancing to State Solo and Ensemble Contest which will happen on June 1st in Pflugerville, TX.
The ATSSB Region 7 Jazz Concert will be at the Majestic Theatre this Saturday, February 1st at 4:00PM. Two bands made up of the best area high school musicians will come to Eastland for two days of rehearsals before performing this concert. The bands will be directed by Mike Rogers of Abilene Christian University and Stephen Goacher of Howard Payne University. the Abilene Christian University band will also perform following the student groups.
The concert is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend! This will be the second year that Eastland has hosted this event in recent history. The event was also held here in the 1980's when the band was under the direction of Phil and Joyce Hewitt.
This past weekend 19 students from Eastland High School performed in the All-region Concert at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. These students earned a spot in the band through head to head competition with other 1a - 4a students in the surrounding area.
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