High Performance Levels are the Norm for All Region Bands
Argyle Middle and High School students had a whirlwind day and a half participating in the UIL Region 2 Clinic and Concert held at Argyle High School in January.
Students from several surrounding areas auditioned to be part of the exclusive bands. Both Argyle schools dominated their respective bands with the number of students represented.
Students arrived Friday afternoon by bus to Argyle High School to begin their practices with their guest directors. Most of these students had never played together before and they were all under the direction of a musical conductor that was new to them. They practiced until 9:30 p.m., were bussed back to their schools, and arrived the next morning at 8:30 a.m. to start practicing again.
Each band spent twelve hours with guest directors learning four pieces of music that they performed on Saturday afternoon.
The guest conductor for the middle school students was Jason Tucker, Director of Bands at Rice Middle School in Plano. The guest conductor for the high school symphonic band was Keith Bearden, retired Associate Director of Bands at Texas Tech. For the concert band, the guest conductor was John Zastoupil, who currently serves as the Director of Bands at Missouri State University.
Out of the 96 spots available, Argyle Middle School had 36 students make the band and 7 alternates, doubling the number of any other school in the area. Additionally, they earned 6 of the 14 available first chairs.
At the high school level, Argyle High School had 48 make the region band. In comparison to the other schools that auditioned, Argyle had 27 more students make the region band than the next highest competitor.
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