5th Grade Students and Parents,
Argyle Middle School Bands Earn Numerous Awards at Competition!
The Argyle Middle School Red and White Bands both earned Sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sightreading as a well as First Division ratings and Best in Class awards at Ovation and Peak Music Festivals.
Argyle Eagle Band Brings Home
4th State Marching Band Title
In a Row!
On Monday, November 3rd, the Argyle Eagle Band performed their 2014 field production, "Alleluia", at the UIL 4A State Marching Band Contest. After placing first overall in prelims competition, the Eagle Band moved into finals with determination to keep the title of 'State Marching Band Champion' in Argyle. The Argyle band students felt sure that their finals performance was their finest performance to date.
The judges comments included, "WOW", "Outstanding performance", "Superb Percussion", "Great Show-Great Performance", "A beautiful and elegant performance", "You've got it all; outstanding woodwinds, brass, and percussion". The Eagle Band cinched the state title with a raw score of 4592; 112 points ahead of the silver medalist. Congratulations to the students, parents, and directors for an outstanding season!
The Argyle HS Band Finishes 1st
On Saturday, October 25th, the Argyle Eagle Band placed 1st in both Prelims and Finals competition at the UIL Area Marching Band Contest. The Eagle Band will now be traveling to San Antonio to defend the state title they have held since 2008. The band directors couldn't be more proud of the students and their amazing performance of their 2014 field production, Alleluia.
The State Marching Band Contest will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Monday, November 3rd. The Eagle Band will compete in Prelims Competition at 2:30 that day and will go up against 22 other 4A bands to earn one of ten spots in Finals Competition later on that evening. The 4A State Champion will be announced at 10:00 pm after Finals. The SMBC can be viewed via live stream at http://streaming.mrvideoonline.com/. For more information go to www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/state.
Argyle High School Band Earns
Sweepstakes at UIL Region Marching Contest
On Saturday, the Argyle Eagle Band took the first step towards defending the title of State Marching Band Champion. The Region 2 UIL Marching contest was held on October 18 at Collins Stadium in Denton. The Eagle Band earned First Divisions from all three judges and will now advance on to the Area competition to be held, once again, at Collins Stadium in Denton on Saturday, October 25th. The Argyle High School Band will march in Preliminary Competition against 20 other high school bands at 10:30 am. Prelim results will be announced at 5:00 pm at which time the top 10 bands will compete head-to-head that evening, for only 4 spots, to qualify for the Texas State Marching Band Contest to be held in San Antonio on Monday, November 2nd at the Alamodome.
Argyle High School Marching Band
Crowned "Grand Champion"
On Saturday, October 11th, the Argyle Eagle Marching Band was named the "Grand Champion" of the Little Elm Marching Festival on the Lake. This honor is bestowed on the highest scoring band at the festival regardless of classification. In addition, both the Color Guard and the Drum Line finished in first place overall in both prelims and finals. Bands were judged on Music, Marching, General Effect, Percussion, and Guard.
The Argyle Eagle Band is gearing up to defend the UIL State Marching Band title on November 3, 2014 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that, the Eagle Band must perform at a superior level at both the UIL Region and Area contests. Both of these contests will be held at Collins Stadium in Denton on October 18th and 25th respectively.
Argyle High School Wind Ensemble
On July 27th the Argyle High School Wind Ensemble was selected as the 1st Runner Up in the 2014 Texas Honor Band competition. The Honor Band process starts out at the region level, where the Argyle Wind Ensemble took 1st place. From there the process goes to the Area level, where the Wind Ensemble, again, placed 1st, and then to the State level where they earned 2nd place. This process involves all of the 3A bands in Texas and is narrowed down to 14 band in this classification. Bands are adjudicated at each level by a different panel, each of five judges. All judges are renowned and respected music educators in the state of Texas. Congratulations to students and directors on this great accomplishment!
Exemplary High School Band Award UPDATE
On July 27th the Argyle High School Band was presented the Texas Exemplary Band Award by the Texas Bandmasters Association at the TBA summer conference. The award is presented to only one high school band in the state of Texas and recognizes the accumulative achievements of the overall band program. Director of Bands, Kathy Johnson, accepted the award presented by the President of the Texas Bandmasters Association, Bruce Beach, at a ceremony in the Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio.
The Argyle Beginner Band Earns Top Awards
On Saturday Dec. 14th the Argyle High School Band had 70 students travel to Bowie High School to audition for the ATSSB Region 2 band. At the contest 30 high school band programs from across our region were represented, with the top players being placed in either the symphonic or the concert band.
When the dust had settled and the scores were tallied, 47 Argyle students placed high enough to make one of the region bands and 2 other students will be alternates. On top of that, 20 students placed high enough to qualify for the Area level competition which will be held in January. Those students will audition to earn a spot as a member of the Texas All-State Band!
The Argyle band had more students make the band than any other school. As a matter of fact, the next closest school only had 19 students make the band! Click here to see the roster for the symphonic band. Please note that students whose names are underlined have qualified for the Area level. Click here to see the roster for the concert band.
We are very proud of all of the hard work that these students put in and how well they represented the Argyle High School Band!!!
Welcome to the Argyle Eagle Band website!
The study and performance of music is an opportunity that our young people of today truly need. It is not our goal as teachers to make professional musicians of our students, but rather it is to instill in them a sense of high musical standards and enable them to fully enjoy the life-long benefits of making music. Recent studies show that students who participate in music programs such as band become the strongest students, academically speaking, in their schools. The skills learned in our school band program – self-discipline, increased self-esteem, group cooperation, commitment, work ethic, responsibility to self and to group, and teamwork – will be reflected in a successful adult life. Knowing that great performances are the fruits of a considerable investment in preparation, hard work, and lessons learned from failure, the opportunity to enjoy a new level of communication and self-expression is the goal for every musician, young or old. Creativity is within us all, and the language of music serves as the perfect vehicle for the journey in personal growth and in the development of knowledge and skills.
Aesthetic experiences are a vital part of student growth. Band, as a musical organization, provides one medium of aesthetic expression for students. Our departmental goal, therefore, is that each student be able to express the aesthetic values of music, through performance skills and theory comprehension.