Denton ISD Fine Arts
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October 4, 2018
DISD earns 8 of the 20 positions in TMEA Region 2 Jazz Ensemble
On Saturday, September 15, 2018, students from school districts across TMEA Region 2 auditioned for the All-Region Jazz Ensemble. Students from Denton ISD were selected for 8 of the 20 positions available in the ensemble, making DISD the district with the largest number of students represented! The students selected to the All-Region Jazz Ensemble will perform in the All-Region Clinic/Concert on November 17 at Eaton HS in Haslet (Northwest ISD). They also qualify to audition for the TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble. Congratulations to these outstanding Denton ISD student musicians and their teachers!
Denton HS – Jesse Woolery, jazz ensemble director
Eric Crenshaw-alto sax 1
Matthew Garcia-tenor sax 1
Travis Harris-trombone 3
Guyer HS – Oscar Ban, jazz ensemble director
Grayson Spradlin-tenor sax 2
Ryan HS – Juan Nunez, jazz ensemble director
Gabriel Williams-bass trombone 2
Alex Howell-drum set
Addams Family Musical Was a Huge Success for Guyer Theatre
4 DISD Campuses Honored with 5 National Music Awards
The Foundation for Music Education "Mark of Excellence"
National Wind Band Honors Project:
Guyer HS Wind Ensemble, “National Winner”
Director of Bands, Amy Woody
Director of Percussion, Dr. Ellis Hampton
Associate Director of Bands, Oscar Ban
Crownover MS Wind Ensemble, “Commended Winner”
Director of Bands, Christin Bunch
Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Kyle Mullins
National Orchestra Honors Project
Guyer HS Rhapsody Orchestra, "Commended Winner"
Director of Orchestras, Michelle Brians Hanlon
Associate Director of Orchestras, Jeremy Atkins
National Jazz Honors Project:
Denton HS Lab Band 1, "National WInner"
Directed by Jesse Woolery
McMath MS Tiger Jazz Band, "Commended Winner"
Directed by Travis Harris
TAEA Selects Student Artwork to Display at TASA/TASB Conference
Each year, the Texas Art Education Association presents an exhibit of Pre-K-12th grade artwork from across the state at the Texas Association of School Administrators & Texas Association of School Boards (TASA/TASB) Fall Conference. TAEA also presents an Arts Advocacy booth in the exhibit hall where area teachers bring student artists to demonstrate quality art education in action. Two Denton ISD 5th grade students had artwork that advanced and was selected to be displayed on Sept 28-29 at the Austin TASA/TASB Conference: Rebecca Ambrosio of Adkins Elem. and Selena Bent-Andrade of Stephens Elem.
Selena created an artwork inspired by Georgia O’Keefe and focused on her “making people see what she saw.” She painted large to fill in the space and then added contour lines around the shapes noticed in the watercolor. Rebecca studied printmaking and the process of layer work as a collage. The printing process created a self-portrait using lines and was then cut and glued onto another paper background. Rebecca shared, “I’m so excited that other school leaders will see my art.”
Stephens Elem. Art Teacher, Megan Trammell is “thankful for the opportunity to showcase our students. It is meaningful for my student to be recognized for her hard work and creativity at the state level.” This conference attracts school board members, superintendents, and district administrators from all over Texas. “I am so grateful for our Denton ISD Superintendent, Dr. Wilson, and School Board members for stopping by the art exhibit and honoring our students’ for their artwork. It is incredible the support that our School Board provides in supporting art education for all students and the growth of the whole child. And, through this exhibit our student’s work inspires quality art education programs across the state,” said Kelley McGee, Adkins Elem. Art Teacher.