The Summit High School Wind Symphony and TA Howard Honor bands recently received one of the most prestigious honors afforded to musicians and music educators. Both schools have been invited to perform at the 2017 Midwest Clinic in Chicago - the largest instrumental music education conference in the world.
This marks the first time a Mansfield ISD band has been selected to be featured at the legendary conference which bills itself as showcasing the ‘finest performances from around the globe’ since 1946.
“We're incredibly proud of all the students’ hard work, and thankful for all the amazing private lesson teachers, clinicians, parents, administrators and band directors, past and present, who have made this possible,” said Summit Director of Bands Christopher Kanicki.
To be considered for the Midwest Clinic, bands undergo a vigorous application process which includes: submitting both an audio and video recording of the bands performing, presenting past programs and accomplishments, and receiving evaluations from well-known music educators who have worked with or judged the bands’ programs in the past. The applications are then evaluated by some of the foremost music educators in the world. Only a handful of groups is chosen each year from around the United States and 30 participating countries.
“This is a huge accomplishment for our students, band staff and lesson teachers who have worked so hard to earn this privilege,” said TA Howard Band Director Nathaniel Neugent. “I am beyond proud of our administration, parents, district and community for supporting us in this endeavor 100-percent.”
Along with their performances, the students and instructors from both the Summit High School and TA Howard bands will have the opportunity to attend other concerts and clinics to learn the latest techniques and trends in music education from the best in the industry.
The Midwest Clinic draws more than 17,000 attendees from around the world. The clinic will be held December 20-23.
Congratulations to our directors, private lesson teachers, clinicians and students for earning the UIL Sweepstakes Award for the 2016-2017 school year!
Sweepstakes is awarded when bands receive 1 ratings (the highest possible) on their stage and sight reading performances in the spring competition coupled with a 1 rating from UIL Marching Band competition the previous fall.
Fantastic job, Summit Band!
The Summit Band hosted an evening of great music, food and fun at Summit High School on Saturday, March 4. The evening started with a concert by Wester Middle School's Jazz Band - the only middle school jazz band in Mansfield ISD. Summit Band students played a rousing set of tunes including Soul Man, Five Foot Two and the annual tradition closer: The Chicken. Click the link below to find the Summit Band Booster Media YouTube page where all the performances are loaded.
In addition to being a blast to attend - the event, which includes a silent auction, is an annual fundraiser for the Summit Band.
Members of the Summit High School Band are beginning the New Year with a service project to improve our community.
A team of band members met at 10:00 a.m. on January 28 to launch the Summit High School Band’s roadside cleanup project along Highway 157 (Cooper Street) from Highway 287 northbound to Harris Road.
Last semester, the Summit High School Band applied for and received official approval to join the Texas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program. The effort is led by junior Connor Neugent who is the vice president of community service for the Summit Band Council.
There are nearly 3,800 volunteer groups associated with Texas’ Adopt-a-Highway program. Volunteers are required to perform four pickups a year to stay active in the program.
Congratulations to the Summit Band Members who competed at the Area competition in Coppell on Saturday, January 7 and advanced to the 2017 All-State Band!
Isaiah Blackmon- 5A French Horn
Isabella Gonzalez- 5A French Horn
Andy Dodge- 5A Euphonium
Nick Rood- 6A Tuba
Justin Gomez - 5A Baritone Saxophone
This is the highest musical achievement a high school musician can achieve in the State of Texas. Summit had the most All-Staters of any school in both our school District, and our Region. All 19 of the students auditioning represented the band program well. Several just missed earning a spot by 1 or 2 chairs.
These band members will have the honor of working with some of the best musicians and directors in the state, culminating in a performance at the Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio the second week in February. The TMEA conference is the largest music educators convention in the nation.
The breakdown Mansfield ISD is below:
Nineteen Summit High School band students are preparing to compete for the highest honor a Texas music student can achieve: a chair in the 2017 All-State Band. The students, who play a variety of instruments, advanced to Area competition after successful auditions in Region Phase I and Region Phase II contests the week of December 5.
The Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the annual competition which requires students play a selection of music before a panel of judges who rank each instrument. The most accomplished musicians will be selected to play in an All-State Band during a trip to Austin for the annual state TMEA Clinic and Convention. There, students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors and perform before thousands of attendees.
Congratulations to the following Summit High School Band Students on their success and good luck at Area competition on Saturday, January 7!
The Summit Marching Band ended its competitive marching season with the University Interscholastic League (UIL) contest on Tuesday. Schools from across Region V came to Newsom Stadium in Mansfield to perform for the judges and receive their ratings. Unlike other contests, bands are not ranked in numerical order at Region. Instead they receive a rating - Division I, II, III - based upon their performance.
Summit received the highest rating from all three judges - a Division I - capping an extremely successful marching season.
(See cumulative awards below)
Photo credit: Mark Carter
The Summit Jaguar Marching Band competed against more than 20 other bands Saturday in the Wylie Marching Invitational. In preliminary competition, Summit received Outstanding Music and Outstanding Guard caption awards and placed 3rd in class and 5th overall.
In the finals competition, Summit Band's guard again took first place and the band moved up two spots to take third in overall competition placing behind Lake Ridge and North Mesquite High Schools - which were 1st and 2nd respectively.
See scoring for prelims and finals.
Photo credit: John Mowry
The Summit High School Marching Band took fourth place in at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton with its ‘Escape from Plato's Cave' program Saturday in the Tournament of Champions marching competition.
The newly-debuted closing movement with its powerful music, headlamps and surprise costume change by the colorguard was a crowd pleaser.
Summit placed behind Frisco Centennial, Richland and Duncanville who came in third, second and first respectively. Making it to the top five in this competition is a major step for the Summit Band - which placed 10th in the same contest one year ago.
The contest drew a field of 20 bands. Summit's toughest competition came from fellow Class I entries: Arlington High School (6A), Duncanville (6A), Lewisville (6A), Richland (5A), Sherman (5A), McKinney Boyd (6A), McKinney High School (6A), J.J. Pearce (Richardson) (6A), and Centennial (Frisco) (5A).
Find complete scoring here.
Photo credit: John Mowry