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Band Secures Second at State

Band Secures Second at State

Trinity Flaten and Sarah Crowder

November 17, 2018


Filed under Band, Fine Arts, Front Page

One, two, three, four, dit, dit, dit. 100 voices count in tandem as the performance starts and three months of tireless work comes to fruition. After advancing, the Argyle High School band took second place at the state marching competition in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 7, 2018. Emotions were...

Band Takes a Stand

Band Takes a Stand

Trinity Flaten, Reporter

September 5, 2018


Filed under Band, Editorials, Fine Arts, Front Page, Opinions

Football season has begun and to make room for fans and students, the band and drill team have been moved to smaller stands next to the permanent stands so the school can sell more general admission tickets. The band and drill team are school programs and should not be moved. The band and dril...

New Band Director Continues Legacy

New Band Director Continues Legacy

Sarah Crowder, Trinity Flaten, Joe Walsh (Headline Writer), and Mark Mirelez (Headline Writer)

August 27, 2018


Filed under Band, Front Page, News

The band program is getting new life with the arrival of Jason Bird as head band director. “Mr. Bird has brought in an energy and an enthusiasm that is contagious on every level,” Assistant Band Director Asa Burk said. “With the parents, the students, the staff that he works with. It has energi...

Color Guard Struggles to Fill Membership Position

Color Guard Struggles to Fill Membership Position

Trinity Flaten, Reporter

May 8, 2018


Filed under Band, Front Page, News

As the year gets closer to times of marching band summer rehearsals, band directors and members are struggling to get color guard numbers up. "Guard is the visual effect of the band. It's the color and beauty that pulls the show together and adds to the impact of the music on the crowd," color guard...

Golden Eagle Award Takes Director to New Heights

Golden Eagle Award Takes Director to New Heights

Sarah Crowder, Reporter

May 3, 2018


Filed under Awards, Band, Front Page, News, Uncategorized

Years of clicking metronomes, countless hours of rehearsal, and a passion for teaching have lead Asa Burk to winning the Golden Eagle Teacher of the Year Award.    “I was very surprised, taken aback, and humbled,” Assistant band director Asa Burk said. “It’s a big honor to be selected.” ...

Band Students Perform for the Elite

Band Students Perform for the Elite

Claire Burkett, Reporter

March 29, 2018


Filed under Band, Front Page

On March 14 students in the Argyle Band traveled to Fort Worth to play for  the American Bandmaster Association (ABA) which, “is an honorary organization, that is a service oriented organization, perpetuated to support music education,” says Director of Bands, Kathy Johnson. Students from the ...

Six Advance to All-State

Six Advance to All-State

Ashlynn Roberts, Reporter

January 22, 2018


Filed under Band, Front Page, News

School history was made this year after one senior, Gabriella Cate, qualified for the All-State band and became the first percussionist to be a three-time All-State student. Along with her, five other students from Argyle qualified, and will attend state in San Antonio this February. This group inclu...

Band Rings in Competition Season with ‘Classic on the Lake’

Band Rings in Competition Season with ‘Classic on the Lake’

Sarah Crowder, Junior Reporter

October 17, 2017


Filed under Band, Front Page, News

After two months of hard work and preparation, the marching band competed at the Classic on the Lake Marching Festival at Little Elm High School on Oct. 7. “Music makes connections to people first through an emotional standpoint,” head band director Kathy Johnson said. “Then it touches people throu...

Jazz Band to Play at Fine Arts Showcase

Jazz Band to Play at Fine Arts Showcase

Brayden Ratcliff, Senior Reporter

February 28, 2017


Filed under Band, Fine Arts, Front Page, News

After a year of absence as a formal group, the jazz band has their first performance at the school's first Fine Arts Showcase on May 4. "The format for that right now is sort of evolving, but the jazz band will be kind of a lounge band," jazz band sponsor and Associate Director of Bands Asa Burk said...

Emma Webb Awarded Five-figure Scholarship

Emma Webb Awarded Five-figure Scholarship

Faith Stapleton, Photography Editor

January 23, 2017


Filed under Band, Front Page, News

Emma Webb's mind went blank after the announcement. The accomplished senior stood there flabbergasted, and couldn't begin to process that she had just won the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Executive Board Scholarship worth $12,500. “[Winning the scholarship] didn't feel real,” Webb said. ...

Band Looks Forward to State Auditions

Band Looks Forward to State Auditions

Faith Stapleton, Photography Editor

January 13, 2017


Filed under Band, News

After successful region and area auditions, seven students from Argyle High School's Band made the Texas All-State Band: Patrick DeSpain on percussion, Gabriella Cate on percussion, Madalyn Williams on trombone, Sierra Albanesi on saxophone, Chloe Kokenes on euphonium, Emma Webb on clarinet, and Audr...

‘iGeneration’ State Performance Embodies Emotion, Pride

‘iGeneration’ State Performance Embodies Emotion, Pride

Miranda Downe, Junior Writing Editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under Band, Community, Front Page

After tackling a seemingly insurmountable amount of adversity, the marching band returned home with sparkling silver medals in hand. The band’s show, entitled iGeneration, was born from a concept of droids taking over human life and includes vocals and narration to emphasize a world riddled with te...

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