Being in a high school marching band is not what it was, say 20 years ago. It's more physical and the more complex routines that marching bands perform nowadays calls for some real skill and comprehension. Judson High School Marching Band member Kelsey Cullen has been selected to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Kelsey will join 125 other top marching band musicians from across the country to perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome.
The organization recognizes the top 125 high school senior marching band musicians and color guard members nationally to showcase their talents at the biggest event in the country that celebrates the talents of high school football players in the U.S. The game will be televised live on NBC (WOAI-TV locally) at 12 CST on January 9 2015. Congratulations to Kelsey for this great honor...be looking for her on TV!
It's a great thing to see when students engage with someone who is in the top of their field and willing to talk to students about their journey. That's what jazz saxophonist Ryan Kilgore did when he visited our students at Metzger MS, Kitty Hawk MS, Woodlake Hills MS and Judson High School. He was in town recently for a concert and took time with students to play and talk about the life of music. A big thanks to Ryan. Check out the bigger story on Ryan Kilgore and pictures with our students on this month's Judson Post.
For those participating in band programs, the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest is the BIG ONE. It not only tests the muscianship of students in their preparation of prepared musical pieces, but it also measures how they measure up in a setting where you play music you haven't seen before. The Judson High School Band received first division ratings in both Concert Performance and Sight Reading. That means SWEEPSTAKES! We commend these students on their hard work and preparation that went into it.
Not every middle school enters both its varsity and non-varsity bands to major UIL contests, but some do. Even fewer schools see both of those bands awarded Sweepstakes honors. But that's exactly what happened with the Metzger Middle School Honors and Symphonic Bands. But the big UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest was not the only competition these two bands participated in.
Leading up to the big UIL contest, both bands traveled to Canyon Lake High School and competed in the Director's Choice Alamo Showcase of Music. Both the Honors and Symphonic Bands earned a first division and "Best in Class" awards. The Honors Band also took Overall Outstanding Band in the competition.
Then there was the UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest at Johnson and Steele High Schools. For the first time in school history, both bands received the coveted Sweepstakes award...the last time that happened to a JISD school was 2004 when Woodlake Hills MS did it.
On the heels of that big accomplishment, both bands geared up again for a final Director's Choice Alamo Showcase of Music at the Judson Performing Arts Center. The trend continued as both Metzger bands swept the competition earning first divisions, best in class and overall outstanding band trophies.
Congratulations to all band members and to Directors John Robertson and Steven Rosario