Highlander Band In The News...

June 2017

2017 Wind Symphony Advances to Area

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Wind Symphony and director Reagan Brumley on their selection to the Area Honor Band competition. On June 5, judges from around the state selected two bands, Highland Park and Waxahachie, to advance to the Class 5A Area competition. The selection was made on the basis of recordings made at UIL and recorded concerts.  
The other three Regions in our Area will each select up to two bands to advance to Area this week. At the Area competition, two bands will be selected for the Class 5A State competition against bands from the other seven Areas.  Wind Symphony

May 2017

Band Shines at State Solo and Ensemble Competition

Congratulations for the strong showing by a contingent of 25 band members who participated in the State Solo and Ensemble Competition on May 29. All participants earned First or Second Division ratings, which shows a consistent level of high performance that very few other bands can match.

Sophia BrinkmanPeter Davies, and Nathan Denman received individual First Division ratings (Gold Medal). 
The Flute Choir of Erin Harper, Sophie Jejurikar, Caroline Kibby, Jordan Meacham, Katelyn Porter, Ava Sims, Hailey Turco, and Elena Wang also received a First Division rating.

Noah Busbee, Bobby Lyle, Gillian Owsley, Allison Walters, and Grace Zhaoreceived individual Second Division ratings (Silver Medal). 
The Brass Quintet of Christina Bambach, William Cerny, Sydney McDuffie, Jackson Smith, and Allison Walters and the Saxophone Quartet, by Julie Herrick, Jinghan Yuan, Adam Davidson, and PJ Egenes also received Second Division ratings.

Special congratulations to Sophia Brinkman and Peter Davies, who earned Outstanding Performer Awards. Only two percent of the 25,000 band, choir, and orchestra entries at the state level receive this designation. Very impressive, Sophia and Peter!

January 2017

A record 62 Highlander Band students qualified for All Region in December, and they performed Friday, January 20 in the Region 20 All-Region Concert, Symphonic, and Honor bands at Duncanville High School. This is 40% of our students and a record number for the Highlander Band. In addition to this, our region is considered the most competitive in the State and arguably the country.

All-Region is an individual contest that requires each student to learn three advanced pieces of music and perform them for a blind judging panel, competing against other students from 5A and 6A schools in our region. 

Area Group

Of the All-Region students, 18 also earned an Area designation, which qualified them to audition for the TMEA All-State Band on January 7.

State Group

All-Area qualifiers include:

  • Sophia Brinkman
  • Michael Cochran
  • Cameron Coffey
  • Charlie Conner
  • Jonathan Davies
  • Peter Davies
  • Sarah Hong
  • Abby Justine
  • Maisey Martinez
  • Sydney McDuffie
  • Benjamin Olness
  • Gillian Owsley
  • Aaron Pathak
  • Jackson Smith
  • Madison Triplett
  • Allison Walters
  • Jinghan Yuan
  • Grace Zhao


Highlander Band BBQ, Raffle, Auction, and Blue Out

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the 2016 BBQ with the Band a wonderful success!


2016 BBQ with the Band and Blue Out Sponsors  Thanks to our wonderful corporate sponsors who so graciously support the Highlander Band!

LogosAllie Beth Allman & Associates,  Berkadia,  Origin BankTerry B. Adams OrthodonticsPeggy Sue BBQ,  ProPath,  and  William Sheahan Designs       

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