Recognitions 2013-2014

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  • Great Article on the Need for Fine Arts by Rebecca Fox, KISD Board President - CLICK HERE!!

  • JET Band Receives Inaugural KatyOne Award - Click HERE to view

  • Katy ISD named one of "Best Communities for Music Education" nationwide by NAMM Foundation - Click Here for More Info!!




Saturday, January 11th, 14 JET Band students competed in the TMEA Area F Band auditions. All of these students represented THS at the highest level:
  • David Burrough bassoon
  • David Clark bassoon
  • Carol Cox bassoon
  • Gerardo Cruz clarinet
  • Patrick Guzman clarinet
  • Joey Park clarinet
  • Evan Toler clarinet
  • Wade Williford french horn
  • Derek Mossop percussion
  • Kevin Panahi percussion
  • Steven Place trombone
  • Luis Rangel trombone
  • Jonathan Acevedo tuba
  • Waqar Khan tuba

Of the 14 that auditioned, 5 earned placement in the TMEA All-State Band and Orchestra, and they will perform at the TMEA annual convention in San Antonio in February. This is the highest individual honor a band student can achieve at the high school level. Congratulations to the following students:
  • David Burrough bassoon senior, 3rd year to advance
  • Patrick Guzman clarinet junior
  • Joey Park clarinet junior
  • Arjang Abrarpour jazz trumpet senior, 1st chair in State
  • Jonathan Acevedo tuba senior, 2nd year to advance

This ties for the most students THS has ever sent to the All-State level and is more than any other school in Katy! We are very proud of these students' success and wish them luck as they prepare for their performances in the All-State groups.



July 2013:

Congratulations to the McMeans Junior High Band for advancing to the state level in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band selection process. The MMJH Band finished in 1st place at the Region Level, finished 1st place at the Area Level and will now compete with the top fourteen bands in the state! The winner will be named as the 2013 TMEA Honor Band and will perform a concert at the annual convention in San Antonio in February, 2014. Congratulations to all of our future JET Band musicians and their fine directors, George Liverman and Sheri Engelmann!


More about the Honor Band process:

The concept of the Honor Band originated during the term of Joe Frank, Sr., who served as Band Division Chair from 1958 to 1960. The purpose was twofold. Many educators believed that through the process of hearing and observing the results of quality teaching, directors could develop their own instructional skills to a higher level. In addition, selection of an honor band in each classification recognized communities and school systems that successfully supported music in education through their instrumental music programs.

Through the years, participation has been active and the recognition of exemplary programs through the Honor Band selection process has become a most sought after goal by many directors. As a result, the quality of honor groups has remained high and the original purpose of growth and development through observation of superior teaching and performance has been addressed annually and maintains its validity. Teachers throughout the state have definitely had the opportunity to learn from master teachers by attending honor band performances and clinics.

In 1958 a set of rules and regulations was developed for the selection of Honor Bands. While these guidelines have been refined on several occasions, the original policies to protect the integrity of the competition have remained intact. Ultimately, however, it is the responsibility of the participating director and administration to maintain the integrity of the Honor Band process. In order for the selection system to accomplish its purpose, all involved must honestly adhere to established procedures and share responsibility for maintaining high ethical standards. In the final analysis, preparation and participation must be consistent with worthwhile educational goals without exploitation of students or the system.

The many outstanding bands that have followed established procedures through the years and emerged as TMEA Honor Bands are evidence of the strength of the concept and regulations. It is the responsibility of all music educators who participate in the honor band selection process to model their preparation and participation after these exemplary programs.