Denton ISD Fine Arts
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All Four HS Bands Earn UIL 1st Division, 5As Advance to Area
On Saturday, October 12, Ryan HS Band hosted the annual Don Hanna Memorial Contest at CH Collins Stadium. 20 bands from all over Texas performed in prelims and the top 10 advanced to finals. Guyer HS finished 2nd place in finals and Denton HS finished finished 9th place in finals.
On October 19, Braswell, Denton, Guyer, and Ryan high school bands earned 1st Division "Superior" ratings at the UIL Region 2 Marching Band Contest at C.H. Collins Stadium. DISD's three 5A bands, Braswell, Denton, and Ryan, have all advanced to compete in the UIL Area B Marching Band Contest at Little Elm Stadium on Saturday, October 26. Here is a link to the Area schedule. The top 10 bands from prelims will perform in the finals. After finals, only the top 4 will advance to the UIL State Contest at the San Antonio Alamodome, November 4-5.
The Area contest will be a very competitive contest among some of the best 5A bands in the state. We encourage families and friends to attend in Little Elm to support and cheer on our students. We are extremely proud of our bands and the outstanding performances they continue to give. Congratulations to these students and directors on their continued success. We wish our 5A bands all the best at Area!
DHS Theatre Presents: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Denton HS Theatre presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the DHS Auditorium, October 24-26 and October 31-November 2. All performances will begin at 7:00pm. Audiences need to be aware the script is PG-13. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults.
UNT Texas Center for Performing Arts Health and DISD Fine Arts
Big News for Denton HS Lab Bands
Denton HS Lab Bands 1 and 2 were both accepted to perform at the Jazz Education Network Convention’s JENerations Jazz Festival in New Orleans in January 2020. Each group will have a performance spot and receive valuable feedback from nationally recognized jazz educators. Students will also have access to the entire convention and will be able to learn and network with some of the biggest names in jazz.
DHS Lab Band 1 just accepted an invitation to participate in the Apex Jazz Festival in Southlake. Each year two high schools from DFW are invited by the Southlake Carroll Jazz Program to premiere a piece by a graduate jazz composition major from the University of North Texas and perform in concert with the One O’Clock Lab Band. This is DHS's third time to be invited to this.
Michael Baylock (class of 2017) just earned a position playing bass in the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. Alex Souris (class of 2016) earned a spot playing drums in the Two O’Clock Lab Band. Catch the DHS Lab Band's Fall Concert, November 11, where they will be joined by Earth, Wind, and Fire's Bobby Burns Jr.
Kelley McGee Honored as TAEA Elementary Teacher of the Year
All-District Middle School Band
On Saturday, October 5, nearly 400 middle school band students auditioned for positions in the DISD All-District Band. The 102-member band consists of the top 7th and 8th grade band members from all eight Denton ISD middle schools. The students audition for the All-District Band on a selected portion from the TMEA All-Region audition music. The All-District Band members will participate in a clinic and concert with a special guest clinician on January 10, 2020. The concert will be open to the public.
Congratulations to these outstanding middle school band students that made the All-District Band. Many thanks to their band directors, private lesson teachers, and parents for supporting them.
Art Teachers and Students in Denton Chalkfest 2019
Kennedy Lovette - 1st place adult (art pictured below)
Katie Kernan - 3rd place adult
Tear-riann Quinteros – 1st place 6th grade
Arely Lopez – 2nd place 6th grade
Melanie Rodriguez – 3rd place 6th grade
Micahel Leonas, Finalist for Grammy Music Educator of the Year
Michael Leonas, Ginnings Elementary School music specialist was one of 180 finalists for the 2020 Grammy "Music Educator of the Year" Award. Mr. Leonas was nominated by Ginnings Principal, Cornelius Anderson, and was among over 3,200 nominations nationwide. His teaching peers also submitted video and written testimonials on his behalf. Congratulations to Mr. Leonas for this recognition of excellent teaching. Thank you for your dedication to the students of Ginnings Elementary!
Students Create Art at TASA/TASB State Convention
Fine Arts and Denton ISD Football
All events will be at the respective campus unless noted. Visit the Fine Arts calendar for more details.
Oct 21-22 - TMEA All-Region HS Choir Auditions, Flower Mound HS
Oct 23, 26 - TMEA All-Region MS Band Auditions, Briarhill MS & McKamy MS
Oct 24-26 - Braswell HS Theatre, Anatomies, 7pm
Oct 24-26 & Oct 31-Nov 2 - Denton HS Theatre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 7pm
Oct 26 - UIL 5A Area A Marching Band Contest, Little Elm ISD Stadium
Oct 26 - Guyer HS Band, US Bands Coppell
Oct 28 - Rodriguez MS Orchestra Fall Concert, 6:30pm
Oct 28 - Ryan HS Choir Fall Concert, 7pm
Oct 30 - McMath MS Orchestra Fall Concert, 6pm
Nov 1 - Braswell HS Theatre, Broadway@Braswell, BHS Black Box, 7pm
Nov 1-2 - Myers MS Theatre Fall Show, 6:30pm
Nov 1-2 - Navo MS Theatre, Shipwrecked!, 7pm
Nov 5 - Braswell HS Choir, Java Night, BHS Commons, 7pm
Nov 7 - Navo MS Orchestra Fall Concert, 6pm
Nov 7 - Paloma Creek 2nd Grade Concert, 6:30pm
Nov 7 - All-Region 7th Grade Select Band Auditions, Forestwood MS
Nov 7-9 - McMath MS Theatre, Frozen Jr., 6:30pm
Nov 7-9 - Harpool MS Theatre, Millie Jr., 7pm (Saturday 2pm and 7pm)
Nov 8-9 - Strickland MS Theatre Fall Show, 6:30pm (Saturday 2pm)
Nov 8-9 - Crownover MS Musical, Mary Poppins, Jr., 7pm (Saturday 2pm and 7pm)
Nov 9 - TMEA All-Region HS Choir Concert, Denton HS (time TBD)
Nov 11 - Denton HS Jazz Concert with Bobby Burns, Jr, 5pm
Nov 12 - Guyer HS Choir with UNT Choirs, UNT Murchison PAC, 7pm
Nov 16 - TMEA All-Region MS Choir Concert, Flower Mound HS (time TBD)
Nov 19 - TMEA Pre-Area Choir Auditions, Northwest HS
Nov 20 - Rodriguez MS Band Winter Concert, Braswell HS, 6:30pm
Nov 21 - Stephens Elem 5th Grade Music Program, 6:30pm
Nov 21 - TMEA 6A Region 2 Band Auditions, Phase 1, Lewisville HS
Nov 23 - TMEA Region 2 Jazz Ensemble Concert, Eaton HS (time TBD)