Denton ISD Fine Arts

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Band, Choir, and Orchestra Programs Earn UIL Sweepstakes in Concert & Sight-reading Assessments

Denton ISD's band, choir, and orchestra programs perform in the annual UIL Concert & Sight-reading Assessments, where each group is evaluated according to the UIL/TMAA rubric by a panel of three UIL adjudicators in their performance of a prepared concert program followed by a sight-reading performance of a piece of music never seen before - specifically composed for the UIL assessment. So far, DISD's orchestras, MS choirs, and MS bands have performed their assessments and were awarded for their outstanding level of excellence. 46 of them earned a 1st Division rating in both concert and sight-reading, earning a Sweepstakes Award. Our HS choirs and bands will perform their UIL Concert & Sight-reading Assessments in April.

We are tremendously proud of the outstanding performances and excellence in making music exhibited by our bands, choirs, and orchestras. Many thanks to the directors for guiding their students to prepare for their performances and thanks to the students for putting in all the hard work it takes to build the incredible skills to perform at such a high level. Congratulations to these outstanding ensembles and their directors listed below!

20 Denton ISD MS Choirs Earned UIL Sweepstakes Awards

16 Denton ISD Orchestras Earned UIL Sweepstakes Awards

10 Denton ISD MS Bands Earned UIL Sweepstakes Awards

Best wishes to our HS bands and choirs in April!

Guyer HS Theatre and Ryan HS Theatre have continued to advance through this season's UIL One Act Play competition. Guyer has advanced through the District and Bi-District contests at the 6A level with their outstanding performances of August: Osage County. Ryan has advanced through the District and Bi-District contests at the 5A level with their outstanding performances of All My Sons. The level of performance by the students is incredible. We are very proud of the all the hard work and preparation that has gone into these productions by the students and directors at Guyer and Ryan.

Guyer will perform at the UIL 6A Area contest on April 1 at Marcus HS. Ryan will perform at the UIL 5A Area contest on April 1 at Keller Central HS. Congratulations to the casts, crews, and directors at Guyer and Ryan. Break a leg at Area!

Guyer HS Theatre directors: Eleshia Crotwell and Chris Crotwell

Ryan HS Theatre directors: Jeannene Abney and Scott Thompson

On Saturday, February 25, band students from Braswell, Denton, Guyer, and Ryan High School performed in the UIL Region 2 Band Solo and Ensemble Contest. These students were awarded a total of 157 First Division Medals for meeting the rubric for a superior performance of their solo or small ensemble as determined by the UIL judges. 49 of them also qualified for the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Congratulations to these outstanding students for this accomplishment. Many thanks to their hard-working directors and private lesson teachers for supporting them and helping them prepare for this evaluative performance. Click here for the complete list of award winners.

Denton ISD Winter Guard Showcase, March 25, 7pm

On March 25 at 7:00pm, you are invited to experience the Braswell, Denton, Guyer, and Ryan color guards perform their winter shows at the Denton ISD Winter Guard Showcase at the Guyer HS Gymnasium. Admission is free and doors open at 6:30pm. Come check out the outstanding artistry and amazing shows that our color guard students and directors have been producing.

Braswell HS Winter Guard Update:

It has been a wildly successful season for the Braswell Winter Guards, with both the JV and Varsity teams being named WGI Regional Finalists this season! Their season comes to an end over the next couple of weeks. Congratulations to the BHS students and their director, Emily Strother, for their success. Be sure to check out one of their final performances of the season listed below.

•March 25th - JV and Varsity Winter Guard - DISD Showcase (7pm at Guyer HS)

•March 26th - JV Winter Guard - NTCA Regional A Championships (tbd at Marcus HS)

•April 3rd - Varsity Winter Guard - NTCA National A Championships (tbd at Coppell HS)

Ryan HS Winter Guard Update:

On Saturday, March 5, the Ryan Winter Guard, competed in the North Texas Color Guard Association Contest at Juan Seguin HS. We are very proud to announce that the Ryan Guard won 1st Place in their division and has been promoted to the next highest classification in NTCA competition. Congratulations to the students in the Ryan Winter Guard and their director, Devin Guillotte, for this outstanding achievement. Best wishes for the rest of the season!

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Join us at the Greater Denton Arts Council, 400 E. Hickory St. in Denton, to celebrate the opening of the Annual High School Art Show on Thursday, April 7, 5:00-7:00pm. The exhibition showcases the outstanding works created by 9-12 grade art students at Braswell, Denton, Guyer and Ryan High School. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Denton ISD's Inaugural Middle School Theatrical Design Contest

All eight Denton ISD middle schools participated in the first annual Middle School Theatrical Design Contest. Campus level winners were adjudicated on March 21. Finalists were selected to advance to the district level contest. The play the contest was based on was Luchadora by Alvaro Rios. Many thanks to our partners, the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design and the Onstead Institute, and Missey Head Consulting LLC, and our incredible theatre teachers who helped make this possible for our students!

Campuses Celebrate Big Art Day All Across Denton ISD

On March 3, campuses all across Denton ISD celebrated Big Art Day with a wide variety of events and exhibits. It was a huge hit with students, parents, and communities and an outstanding way to showcase and celebrate our amazing art students and teachers! See more artwork at #bigartdaydenton.

Check out the upcoming events on the calendars below and make plans to

enjoy the outstanding work by Denton ISD's Fine Arts students!

Band, Jazz, & Percussion



Elementary Music

Orchestra & Mariachi

Theatre Arts

Visual Art Events & Exhibits

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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! Click this link to apply and share it with anyone who would be interested.

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 application 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