You've probably heard the term "Sweepstakes" used a lot when talking about the Judson High School music program, but this award is a first. Now it's associated with Judson High School's first full orchestra. This is the first time band members have joined forces with the school orchestra students to make up a true, full orchestral ensemble. Orchestra Director Richard Helsley and Band Director Jeffrey Keyes put together the group that included strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion pieces. They entered the 2015 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competition at Reagan High School prepared, but knowing not many schools were doing this. They came away with highest marks from all judges earning a Sweepstakes in the competition. This is truly a milestone for the Judson High School music program. They are part of a very small group of high schools in the area who are combining students in this kind of ensemble and going to competition with them. Congratulations to everyone.
As a student musician, there is no higher honor than to be selected to the TMEA All-State Band or Choir. Five students from Judson ISD accomplished just that and will be performing soon here in San Antonio. Paula Wilson (Judson), Scott Roger (Judson), Carlton Graves (Wagner), Natalie Vela (Wagner) and Otoniel Rodriguez (Wagner) were selected for either the All-State Band or All-State Choir. To put this in perspective, only .01% of the musicians around the state are chosen for this select group. Auditions started in November with students advancing through the district and region levels and concluded in January for state. This achievement is not just a pat on the back for personal pride either, but will also help them garner scholarship money with which to go to college. They will be performing on February 14, 2015 at the Lila Cockrell Auditorium as part of the TMEA State Convention being hosted here in San Antonio. Congratulations to these students.
Paula Wilson - 10th Grade Flute, Judson High School Band, Director – Jeff Keyes
Scott Roger – 10th Grade, Tenor 1 – Judson High School Choir, Director Kay Sherrill
Carlton Graves – 10th Grade, Baritone Saxophone – Wagner High School Band, Director – Mark LeGault
Natalie Vela – 11th Grade, Oboe – Wagner High Band, Director – Mark LeGault
Otoniel Rodriguez – 12th Grade, Bass 1 – Wagner High School Choir, Director - Antionette Harris
This is Wagner HS Choir first TMEA All State student.
The Wagner Drumline gets called to do a lot of special duty assignments...pep rallies, football games, special events of all sorts. They recently took part in the 6th Annual Step Up For Epilepsy 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of Central and South Texas. These students endured the almost freezing temperatures and drizzling rain at Eisenhower Park to play for runners as they warmed up, started the race and finished it. If you see them, ask them if they need a cup of hot chocolate...they may still need a warm up after all that. Way to "Step Up" to the challenge for a good cause.
Kirby Middle School's Fine Arts Department is the latest recipient of a grant from the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). This one is worth almost $3,000 and will be divided between the school's Band, Choir and Orchestra for updating their sheet music libraries. This will allow students to continue making great music by learning the joy and satisfaction of reading and performing great musical pieces for everyone to hear. Many middle schools from all over the state applied, but only a select few were chosen. Other JISD middle schools that have reported getting these grants are Kitty Hawk and Metzger. Congratulations.
***Late breaking news--We have also been informed that both Woodlake Hills Middle School and Judson Middle School also received music grants for sheet music so that band, choir and orchestra groups can expand their musical experience and mastery. Congratulations to every one of our middle schools for these grants.
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Two music programs in the Judson ISD have been notified that they have been awarded grant money from TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association). Both Metzger Middle School and Kitty Hawk Middle School applied for the grants with TMEA and they came through. Hundreds of dollars of TMEA grant money was awarded through what is called the Middle School Music Instructional Support Program (MSMISP) and will be spent on mainly new sheet music for students to learn how to read and play as they develop their musical skills. Congratulations to Mr. Robertson at Metzger and Ms. Helsley at Kitty Hawk for taking the time and effort to do this. Late Breaking!! Kirby Middle School also received a TMEA Grant...read about it below
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