Denton ISD Fine Arts
Empowering Artistic Growth. Every Student. Every Day.
The Mark of Excellence project, sponsored by The Foundation for Music Education, seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs and orchestras. The project gathers entries from throughout the United States and provides valuable feedback for all entrants. The Citation of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement by non-varsity high school and middle school bands and orchestras. A unique competitive environment is created which allows ensembles to compare their performance quality to other outstanding groups from across the country. The top 25% of entrants are recognized as National Winners, with the second 25% named as Commended Winners. All entrants receive a compilation recording of the winning performances. Winners are recognized in regional and/or national publications and at national and regional conventions.
Denton ISD is proud to announce that four of its bands have received awards from The Foundation for Music Education for their performances in 2020-21.
National Winner Class 5A - Ryan HS Wind Symphony
Commended Winner Class 6A - Braswell HS Wind Symphony
New Music Division 6A - Guyer HS Wind Ensemble
Commended Winner Class 6A - Guyer HS Symphonic Band 1
Fine Arts Facility Renovations
Denton ISD high school jazz band students participated in the TMEA Region 2 Jazz Ensemble auditions on Saturday, September 18, competing with students from all across Region 2. We are proud to announce that 10 of the 20 positions in the All-Region Jazz Ensemble were awarded to Denton ISD students. These students have the honor of performing with TMEA Region 2 Jazz Ensemble in concert on November 20 at Denton HS. All-Region Jazz Ensemble members also have the opportunity to record an audition for the TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble. The All-State results will be announced in late November.
Congratulations to these outstanding Denton ISD students for this honor. Many thanks to their jazz band directors, their private lesson teachers, and their parents for their support.
Braswell HS - Aaron Snipes, Jazz Ensemble Director
Chris Delgado- 1st Chair Alto Sax
Aidan Evano- 1st Chair Trumpet
Palmer Biggers- 2nd Chair Trumpet
Nathan Contreras- 4th Chair Trumpet
Arianna Shepherd- 5th Chair Trumpet
Travis Harris- 1st Chair Trombone
Alain Mpinda- 1st Chair Bass
Denton HS - Jesse Woolery, Jazz Ensemble Director
Maggie Sherman- Bass Trombone
Daniel Wen- Piano
Ryan HS - Jarrod Beard, Jazz Ensemble Director
Jacob Ryter-2nd Chair Alto Sax
Denton ISD at Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, Oct 1-3
Be sure to catch these Denton ISD Jazz Bands at the festival:
Friday, Oct 1, 4:30pm - McMath Tiger Jazz Band - Festival Stage
Sunday, Oct 3, 5:00pm - Denton HS Lab Band 1 - Festival Stage
Theatre Programs Preparing Fall Shows
October 7-9 - Navo MS - Suessification of Romeo and Juliet - http://www.nmstheatre.com
October 28-29 - Crownover MS - Addams Family Musical Young at Part - Tickets $5
October 29-30 - Braswell HS - Clue: On Stage - http://www.braswelltheatre.com
October 30 - Harpool MS - Murder at the Banquet - https://harpooltheatre.weebly.com/
Upcoming Marching Band Contests at C.H. Collins Stadium
Marching bands from all across Texas, will be competing in contests hosted at Denton ISD's C.H. Collins Stadium. These contests are open to the public. Admission fees may apply.
Sept 25 - Golden Triangle Classic hosted by Denton HS Band Boosters
Oct 2 - Director's Choice Regional Championship hosted by Guyer HS Band Boosters
Oct 9 - Don Hanna Memorial Band Contest hosted by Ryan HS Band Boosters
Oct 16 - UIL Region 2 Marching Band Contest hosted by Braswell HS Band Boosters