Denton ISD Fine Arts

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219 Denton ISD Student Musicians Make All-Region

Band, Choir, and Orchestra students in Denton ISD have been performing in auditions for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 2 bands, choirs, and orchestras. Denton ISD competes in TMEA Region 2 with students from Argyle ISD, Lake Dallas ISD, Lewisville ISD, and Northwest ISD. High school students also have the opportunity to advance to Area and State level auditions in pursuit of a position in a Texas All-State group. This year, 219 Denton ISD students have earned positions in Region 2 bands, choirs, and orchestras. We are extremely proud of these outstanding students. Click the links below to see the lists of students who have made All-Region. Many thanks to their awesome directors and private lesson teachers for helping them prepare for the auditions. Congratulations!


So far, four DISD students have been selected to the All-State Orchestra and All-State Jazz Ensemble. 16 band students and 7 choir students have advanced to the final Area level auditions to try and qualify for the All-State Band and Choir. Those auditions take place on January 8. We will announce a full list of All-State musicians from DISD following that weekend's auditions. Best wishes to the band and choir students auditioning at Area!


10 Denton ISD HS jazz band students were selected to the Region 2 Jazz Ensemble. These students will perform in the All-Region Jazz Ensemble Concert on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Denton HS.


34 Denton ISD HS choral students were selected to the Region 2 HS Choir and 20 students have advanced to the Nov 16 Pre-Area level auditions. These students performed in the High School All-Region Choir Concert on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Denton HS.


24 Denton ISD MS choral students were selected to the Region 2 MS Choir. These students performed at the Middle School All-Region Choir Concert on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Braswell HS.


38 Denton ISD HS orchestra students were selected to the Region 2 HS Orchestra and 12 students qualified to audition for the TMEA All-State Orchestras. 35 Denton ISD MS orchestra students were selected to the Region 2 MS Orchestra. These students performed in the All-Region Orchestra Concert, Dec.11 at Eaton HS.


24 Denton ISD MS band students were selected to the Region 2 MS Band. These students performed in the Middle School All-Region Band Concert, Dec. 11 at Byron Nelson HS.


54 Denton ISD HS band students were selected to the Region 2 HS 6A & 5A Bands. These students will perform in the High School All-Region Band Concert, Jan 14 at Guyer HS.

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Denton ISD Elementary Music Awarded Over $10K in Grants

The 13 Denton ISD Elementary Music Specialists below were awarded at total of $10,130 in grant funds from the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Elementary Instructional Support Program. Funds must be used by elementary music teachers (PK–5) to purchase music, music equipment, instruments, instructional software, and other music educational materials for use during this school year. Denton ISD Fine Arts is grateful to TMEA for its support of our young, budding musicians!


Courtney Seale, Adkins Elem.

Angela Steward, Alexander Elem.

Megan Beard, Bell Elem.

Ariana Ayala, Blanton Elem.

Juan Cardona, BormanElem.

Erin Finley, Cross Oaks Elem.

Emily Wiley, Evers Park Elem.

Michael Leonas, Ginnings Elem.

Jamie Rives, Hawk Elem.

Brandon Miller, Hodge Elem.

Larissa Perez, Houston Elem.

Randy Schmidt, McNair Elem.

Jennifer Young, Nelson Elem.

Jo Margette Reid, EP Rayzor Elem.

Cheree Barnette, Newton Rayzor Elem.

Alejandro Cervantes, Paloma Creek Elem.

Victor Lozada, Pecan Creek Elem.

Chika Hoskins, Providence Elem.

Leslie Heckmann, Rivera Elem.

Jennifer Archuleta, WS Ryan Elem.

Faith Kiger, Savannah Elem.

David Rowland, Shultz Elem.

Laura Kinnaird, Stephens Elem.

Christopher Ortiz, Union Park Elem.

Dillon Downey, Virtual Academy

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Art by Denton ISD 8th Graders will be displayed through January 8 for the public at the Greater Denton Arts Council's Patterson-Appleton Arts Center located at 400 E. Hickory in downtown Denton. The artwork will be mixed media monoprints created by 8th graders in Art III classes from DISD middle schools. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, December 18 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Many thanks to our middle school art teachers and to our partners at GDAC for coordinating this exhibit.

Fine Arts in Football Playoffs

Congratulations to the Guyer Wildcats and Ryan Raiders on their football playoff runs. Denton ISD has an outstanding partnership between Fine Arts and Athletics. Denton ISD and the Guyer and Ryan communities appreciate the students and teachers in the bands, cheerleaders, and drill teams for their extended hard work and dedication throughout the playoffs, continuing to perform and travel with the teams week after week. Thank you for continuing to be prepared every week and for providing the sights and sounds fans love about Guyer and Ryan football games.


The Ryan Raiders made it all the way to the UIL 5A Division I State Quarterfinals. Ryan's season ended with what was only their second loss of the entire season in a close battle to College Station 26-21. We are proud of Coach Henigan and the Raiders for their continued success and what was an exciting 12-2 season. The Guyer Wildcats are now 13-2 after defeating Tomball 59-14 in the 6A Semifinal. The Wildcats will play Austin Westlake in the UIL 6A Division II State Championship on Saturday, December 18, 7:00pm at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Congratulations to Coach Webb and the Guyer Wildcats on an awesome season and we wish you all the best in the Championship game!

December Fine Arts Events Gallery

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Denton ISD is in need of bus drivers for special events, such as Fine Arts events and field trips. Denton ISD has created a new job description titled, “Bus Driver-Special Events”. This type of driver will be paid $18-$20 per hour to drive groups to field trips, contests, and after school/weekend events. This is an excellent, flexible part-time job and a way to serve students in Denton ISD. We encourage Denton ISD volunteers and PTA members to consider applying for this as an option to serve the students and programs in Denton ISD, and also to gain some extra income! Visit the link below to view the job posting in Applitrack and please share it with anyone who would be interested.


https://www.applitrack.com/denton/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Auxiliary&subcategory=Bus+Driver&AppliTrackJobId=4326&AppliTrackLayoutMode=detail&AppliTrackViewPosting=1


Candidates need to earn their CDL, which can be done locally. The Denton ISD Transportation Department can provide information on how to achieve the requirements in order to qualify as a driver. Once hired as a Bus Driver-Special Events, they could drive groups to field trips, contests, and events, getting students and their teachers/chaperones to their destination safely and on time. This important work makes Fine Arts contests and events possible and contributes greatly to the educational experience of our students. Please share the Applitrack link above with anyone who would be interested in this opportunity.

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Denton ISD Fine Arts

Dr. Jackie deMontmollin, Director

Eddy Russell, Assistant Director

Steve Bonham, Administrative Assistant

Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant