Awards & Accomplishments

2021 UIL CSR

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FHS SYMPHONIC BAND & WIND ENSEMBLE PERFORM AT UIL CONCERT & SIGHTREADING EVAULUATION IN CANTON TUESDAY EARNING DIVISION 1 RATINGS AND THE UIL SWEEPSTAKES DESIGNATION!
Both of our Varsity and Non-Varsity Concert Bands showed up big time at UIL Evaluations yesterday and we couldn't be more proud of the students and persistence for excellence this semester with the challenges they had to overcome to get to this point.
Symphonic Band (NV) - Under the direction of Mrs. Evans earned a Superior Rating/Division 1 in their Sightreading Evaluation. The students and director are given a piece of music they have never seen and have 7 minutes for the director to teach the piece without any rehearsal. Then they are given one opportunity to play this piece for the adjudicators to receive an evaluation rating based off of a UIL Sightreading Rubric.
Wind Ensemble (Varsity) - Under the direction of Mr. Filip earned a Superior Rating/Division 1 for ALL SIX adjudicators in both their Concert and Sightreading Evaluations. This earnes the Panther Band a SWEEPSTAKES DESIGNATION!!
The SWEEPSTAKES DESIGNATION is designed to recognize excellence in the three most measurable aspects of public school band curriculum - UIL Marching, UIL Prepared Concert Performance, and the UIL Sightreading Evaluation. Division 1 Ratings must be earned in all three areas within the same year to earn this designation.
CONGRATUATIONS TO ALL PANTHER BAND MEMBERS FOR A SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE AT UIL THIS YEAR!!
PANTHER NATION IS PROUD!!!!!

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We are proud to announce the following results from UIL Solo & Ensemble, held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Rockwall-Heath High School. These students continued to push through the challenges of this year and came out on top as they performed their solo & ensembles at UIL. Overall, they earned 15 UIL Medals for their accomplishments and 9 students met the criteria to advance to the UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest.
Division I Superior Rating and Advancing to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest
Clarinet Solo - Kaden Moss
Trumpet Quartet - Jeremy Alford, Emilee Gray, Victor Orozco-Meza, Gabriel Reyes
Percussion Ensemble - Kimberly Daniel, Tyler Roton, Marissa Simmons
Percussion Ensemble - Avery Jones, Tyler Roton, Marissa Simmons
Division I Superior Rating
Flute Solo - Crimson Edwards
Euphonium Solo - Gabriel Westlake
Trumpet Solo - Elizabeth Wade
Tuba Solo - Timothy Ramos
Division 2 Excellent Rating
Tuba Solo - Christopher Martinez
Congratulations to all of these students on this wonderful accomplishment. We are proud of your musical accomplishments. Keep up the good work.
Good Luck to those advancing to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Baker All State

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ANDREW BAKER SELECTED AS A MEMBER OF THE TEXAS ALL-STATE BAND
The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selection of the 2021 ATSSB All-State Band. More than 10,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty-two different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of the five area auditions held this past weekend across the state and only 306 of these 2,398 students were selected for all-state honors.
The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in Melissa, Texas, June 9- 12, 2021 and will present a concert beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021, in the Melissa Performance Hall.
Dr. Mo Trout (Purdue University) will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble. Done Lefevre (West Texas A&M University) will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band. Brian Balmages (Director of Instrumental Publications for the FJH Music Company Inc.) will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band. ATSSB has commissioned Mr. Balmages to write a piece for the ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band which will premier the work on the June 12th concert.
Andrew Baker, a member of the Quinlan-Ford High School Band, was selected as a member of this band. He was chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. Additionally, Baker was named 5th chair in the Jazz Division for the State of Texas, missing the All-State Jazz Band by a few spots earlier this year. Baker is a student of Mr. Marty Filip, Mrs. Stephanie Evans, Mr. Sauileoge To'afa, and Mr. Derrell Wallace who are members of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1,175 member group of band directors in class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A high schools in Texas.
This is Baker's first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. His other interests at school include any and all band activities. He also enjoys playing guitar, caring for animals and spending time with friends. He is the son of Jennifer Baker, in West Tawakoni, TX.
The Quinlan Independent School District applauds Andrew Baker for his accomplishments throughout the All-State Selection process at the Region and Area levels. All of Panther Nation is proud of Baker and commends his efforts as he represents the community of Quinlan at the All-State Level.

2020 All-Region


Please help us congratulate the following High School Band students who received All-Region honors and spent Friday and Saturday rehearsing and performing in the ATSSB Region 3 All-Region Bands at Canton HS.
Kaden Moss - Clarinet - Symphonic Band
Andrew Baker - Bass Trombone - Symphonic Band
Rebekah Burton - Tenor Saxophone - Concert Band
Victor Orozco-Meza - Trumpet - Concert Band
The following students received additional All-Area honors in classification 4A! This is the last step that these students have to overcome to be named a member of the All-State Band.
Kaden Moss - Clarinet
Andrew Baker - Bass Trombone
We are very fortunate to have these students representing Quinlan-Ford High School among the top high school band musicians in our region and area!! We are proud of your accomplishments!!
Go Panthers!

AREA Band

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2020 UIL Marching

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QUINLAN-FORD PANTHER BAND IS AREA BOUND!!!
We competed in the UIL Region 3 Marching Band Contest today and earned a DIVISION 1!!!
We are very PROUD of our students!!!
CONGRATULATIONS PANTHER BAND!!!!

2020 All-Region Jazz

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PANTHER NATION, let's congratulate the following students for earning ATSSB All-Region Jazz Honors this weekend!
There are only 20 spots available for these students to earn the Honor of being a member of the ATSSB All-Region Jazz Band. The limited spots make the stakes high for this audition process and we couldn't be more proud of these students.
Kaden Moss - 1st Chair Tenor Saxophone
Liam Yeaman - 1st Alternate Tenor Saxophone
Emilee Gray - 3rd Alternate Trumpet
Andrew Baker - 1st Chair Bass Trombone
Avery Jones - 1st Alternate Drums
Marissa Simmons - 2nd Alternate Drums
Eric Carney - 2nd Alternate Bass Guitar
Two of these students have also received All-Area honors and will be auditioning for the ATSSB All-State Jazz Band. Those students are:
Kaden Moss
Andrew Baker
Congratulations to these students for all of the work they have put into this audition!
Go Panthers!!!

2020 UIL CSR


Congratulations to the Quinlan-Ford Panther Bands on their UIL Concert and Sightreading Performance in Canton on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Both the Symphonic Band (NV) and Wind Ensemble (V) earned an overall rating of EXCELLENT (Division II) on their stage performance and sightreading performance based off of the UIL Evaluation Rubric which ranges from Division I (the top) to Division 5. We are happy to be evaluated in the top tiers of this evaluation process. We couldn't be more proud of these young musicians for their musical accomplishments this week.
The evaluation comes in two parts. First, the stage performance, where the band presents their prepared program of music from the UIL Prescribed Music List to a panel of 3 adjudicators for evaluation. Second, the sight reading evaluation, where the band will have 7 minutes (non-varsity) or 8 minutes (varsity) to silently study a piece of music they have never seen before and then perform it for a panel of 3 adjudicators for evaluation.
Both parts of the evaluation process is extremely intense and the bands must be on point for the entire process. Our Quinlan-Ford Panther Bands did not disappoint.


2019 All-Region Jazz

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It is an honor to announce that 2 Quinlan-Ford Band Students placed in the top of their sections for the Region 3/20 All-Region Jazz Band and earned a spot to perform with the band. An additional 6 students earned high positions and are named alternates for the Region Jazz Band. There were 8 schools and 92 students that participated in the contest where students auditioned for the coveted 20 spots in the All-Region Jazz Band.
We are all very proud of all of the students who auditioned from the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band and wish those that made it to the area level good luck as they compete for a spot in the All-State Jazz Band.
Quinlan-Ford Band Results -
Jake St. John - 2nd Alternate - Baritone Saxophone
Rebekah Burton - 2nd Alternate - Tenor Saxophone
Liam Yeaman - 2nd Alternate - Alto Saxophone
Emilee Gray - 2nd Alternate - Trumpet
Cason Chavana - 1st Alternate - Trumpet
Dakota Knight - 1st Alternate - Bass Guitar
Lilly White - 2nd Chair All-Region Jazz Band - Area Certified - Alto Saxophone
Andrew Baker - 1st Chair All-Region Jazz Band - Area Certified - Bass Trombone
Lilly White and Andrew Baker earned a spot in the Area audition process, which is the last step to earning a spot in the All-State Jazz Band. After being certified for the Area Level Contest, Andrew recorded his audition with a professional recording engineer that will be sent into the state level for adjudication. Those results will be available in November after all adjudication panels around the state meet to listen to the recordings.
Lilly White and Andrew Baker will have the honor of performing with the Region 3/20 All-Region Jazz Band being held at Quinlan-Ford HS on Tuesday, November 12th at 7pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
Congratulations to all students who auditioned and who were selected to be a member of the All-Region Jazz Band and advanced to the Area level.


The Quinlan Ford High School Music Department is proud to announce the following results for Band and Choir UIL Solo & Ensemble:


35 Quinlan-Ford Music Students Advance to UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble!!!


Band - Held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas


Division I Certified and Advancing to Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest


Clarinet Solo - Kaden Moss

Flute Quartet - Sarahi Brito, Evelyn Coffman, Shawn McGill, Emily Ridings

Mixed Clarinet Quartet - Cody Barnett, Kaila Lane, Kaden Moss, Alexis Ross

Saxophone Quartet - Damien Garcia, Samuel Hughes, Lilly White, William Yeaman

Trumpet Trio - Andrew Baker, Emilee Gray, Victor Orozco-Meza

Percussion Ensemble - Mercedes Christian, Kimberly Daniel, Tyler Roton, Jeromey Walls


Division I Superior Rating


Bass Clarinet Solo - Cody Barnett

Alto Sax Solo - Aaron Jackson

Tenor Sax Solo - Samuel Hughes

Trumpet Solo - Elizabeth Wade

Trombone Solo - Andrew Baker


Division 2 Excellent Rating


Clarinet Solo - Katelyn Higbee

Trombone Solo - Julio Robles

Clarinet Quartet - Heather Butler, Alexia Cox, Dakota Elledge, James Irelan

Brass Sextet - McKenna Barnard, Alexandra Collins, Emily Delchiaro,

Dakota Knight, Adan Ramirez, Samuel Reeves

Jazz Ensemble - Andrew Baker, Cody Barnett, Karen Chavolla-Alverez, weston Chreene,

  Kimberly Daniel, Dakota Elledge, Emilee Gray, Zachary Hernandez,

  Samuel Hughes, Aaron Jackson, Dakota Knight, Victor Orozco-Meza,

  Samuel Reeves, Jeromey Walls, Lilly White, Scott Yeaman, William Yeaman





Kaden Moss


The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selection of the 2019 ATSSB All-State Band. More than 10,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty-two different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of the five area auditions held this past weekend across the state and only 280 of these 2,288 students were selected for all-state honors.

The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio, Texas, February 13- 16 and will present a concert beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

Dennis Johnson, Murray State University (Kentucky), will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band. Dr. Cody Birdwell, University of Kentucky, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band which will premier Springele by Jack Stamp (commissioned by ATSSB). Chris Bruya, Central Washington University, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble which will perform at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, in Convention Center Hemisfair Ballroom 1.

Kaden Moss, a member of the Quinlan-Ford High School Band, was selected as a member of this band. He was chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. Moss is a clarinet student at school under the direction of Mr. Martin Filip, who is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, an 1175-member group of band directors in class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A high schools in Texas. This is his first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. His other interests at the school include Theatre. He enjoys high-end academics as well. He is the son of Chauntae Russell, in Quinlan, TX.





    Members of the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band competed in the ATSSB All-Region Band Auditions held at Mabank High School on Monday, December 3, 2018.  Over 500 students from around the region participated in the Region Band Contest.  The students had to perform a series of scales and 2 prepared audition pieces for a panel of 5 judges in order to have the chance to earn a spot in the All-Region Band.  Individual preparation and dedication to each musicians craft is paramount to the students success in this contest.  Students from the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band spent most of the fall semester preparing for these auditions through individual practice and individual lessons with the band directors.

5 FHS Band Students Placed in All-Region Band
  • Rebekah Burton - 2nd Alternate - Tenor Sax
  • Josie Smith - Concert Band - Clarinet
  • Emilee Gray - Concert Band - Clarinet
  • Kaden Moss - Symphonic Band - Clarinet - 4A Area Certified
  • Cody Barnett - Symphonic Band - Bass Clarinet - 4A Area Certified
  • Cody Barnett - Symphonic Band - Contra Clarinet - 4A Area Certified
  • Sam Reeves - Symphonic Band - Tuba - 4A Area Certified

    In addition, if the students placed high enough in their sections, they advanced to the next level of contest, Area Auditions.  For Area Auditions, the students continued to polish and prepare their music for the next round.  Our area spans from the Texas Panhandle to Comanche to Canton to Bonham and along the Texas/Oklahoma Boarder.  The following students will compete at the Area Level Contest in Argyle on January 12th for a chance to earn a spot in the All-State Band.  

  • Kaden Moss - Symphonic Band - Clarinet - 4A Area Certified
  • Cody Barnett - Symphonic Band - Bass Clarinet - 4A Area Certified
  • Cody Barnett - Symphonic Band - Contra Clarinet - 4A Area Certified
  • Sam Reeves - Symphonic Band - Tuba - 4A Area Certified

    We are very proud of all the students who auditioned for the All-Region Band.  They worked very hard for this contest and it has paid off.  The All-State Process is not an easy process to prepare for or compete in.  Students that make a region band and even advance to the area level are the best instrumentalist students from our region and have held themselves to high standards of excellence through purposeful and detailed preparation.  These students have represented Quinlan ISD and themselves with high standards of excellence and dedication.  Congratulations to all students that placed in a region band, were selected for Area Band Auditions and we wish you the best of luck on January 12th at Area in Argyle.

ATSSB All-Region Jazz

        It is an honor to announce that two Quinlan-Ford Band Students placed in the top of their sections for the Region 3/20 All-Region Jazz Band. There were 7 schools that participated in the contest where students auditioned for the coveted 20 spots. We are all very proud of all of the students who auditioned from the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band and wish those that made it to the area level good luck as they compete for a spot in the All-State Jazz Band.

        Cody Barnett placed top in his section, earning the 1st chair position in Baritone Saxophone and Cason Chavana placed as 1st alternate in the Trumpet section. Cody Barnett earned a spot in the Area audition process, which is the last step to earning a spot in the All-State Jazz Band. After being certified for the Area Level Contest, Cody recorded his audition with a professional recording engineer that will be sent into the state level for adjudication. Those results will be available in November after all adjudication panels around the state meet to listen to the recordings.

        Cody will have the honor of performing with the Region 3/20 All-Region Jazz Band being held at Quinlan-Ford HS on Tuesday, November 13th at 7pm. 




Quinlan-Ford Panther Band Students Compete and Place in Region,
Selected for Area, and Earn 1st Alternate Spots 
for the Texas All-State Band

All-Region Band Students


     It is our distinct pleasure to announce the results of the Region, Area, and All-State results for the students of the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band.

     Members of the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band competed in the ATSSB All-Region Band Auditions held at Mabank High School.  Over 650 students from around the region participated in the Region Band Contest.  The students had to perform a series of scales and 2 prepared audition pieces for a panel of 5 judges in order to have the chance to earn a spot in the All-Region Band.  Individual preparation and dedication to each musicians craft is paramount to the students success in this contest.  Students from the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band spent most of the fall semester preparing for these auditions through individual practice and individual lessons with the band directors.

     5 FHS Band Students Placed in All-Region Band
    • Kaija Short - Flute
    • Kaden Moss - Clarinet
    • Cody Barnett - Contra Clarinet
    • Zachary Hernandez - Trumpet
    • Samuel Reeves - Tuba

         In addition, if the students placed high enough in their sections, they advanced to the next level of contest, Area Auditions.  For Area Auditions, the students continued to polish and prepare their music for the next round.  Our area spans from the Texas Panhandle to Comanche to Canton to Bonham and along the Texas/Oklahoma Boarder.  The following students competed at the Area Level Contest in Argyle on January 13th for a chance to earn a spot in the All-State Band.  

    • Kaija Short - Flute
    • Cody Barnett - Contra Clarinet
    • Samuel Reeves - Tuba
         Both Kaija Short - Flute and Cody Barnett - Contra Clarinet, placed as 1st Alternate to the ATSSB Texas All-State Band, missing the State Ensemble by 1 chair.  Congratulations to Kaija and Cody for this outstanding accomplishment.

         We are very proud of all the students who auditioned for the All-Region Band, Area Band, and State Band.  They worked very hard for this contest and it has paid off.  The All-State Process is not an easy process to prepare for or compete in.  Students that make a region band and even advance to the area level are the best instrumentalist students from our region and have held themselves to high standards of excellence through purposeful and detailed preparation.  These students have represented Quinlan ISD and themselves with high standards of excellence and dedication.  Congratulations to all students that placed in a region band, were selected for Area Band Auditions, and for their placement at Area Auditions..



    Cedar Creek Marching Contest

            On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Quinlan-Ford Panther Marching Band competed in the Cedar Creek Marching Contest at Mabank High School.  We are proud to announce the Panther Marching Band placed in finals after their prelims performance.  The band ranked 3rd in prelims and 5th in finals. Additionally, the Panther Band placed 3rd in Class 4A.  All the students in the Quinlan-Ford Panther Marching band have worked hard this season to reach the highest level possible and perform with purpose and pride.  The bands performances on Saturday were a great example and demonstration of uniformity, teamwork, pride, and high levels of achievement.  

    Congratulations to the students of Quinlan-Ford Panther Marching Band!!!!  



    Quinlan-Ford Wind Ensemble Performed at the
    Morton Meyerson Symphony Center 


      
    2016-2017 Wind Ensemble
     
    The Quinlan-Ford Wind Ensemble had the distinct pleasure and privilege to perform at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center Friday, April 7, 2017. I can't say enough about this group of students. They were very professional and gave a wonderful performance. After a sweepstakes at UIL earlier in March, the band replaced one of its contest pieces with a Grade 4 on the UIL PML, Pablo! by Meyer. The judges gave our performance straight 1's for their performance at the Big D Classic.

        Thank you to Sauileoge To’afa, Stephanie Theriot Evans, Brent Longbotham, and Amber Clowers for your assistance and help in preparing the band for this performance. It is a privilege to work alongside you everyday and thank you for your dedication to our students in Quinlan ISD.
        


    2016-2017 Wind Ensemble

    We were also blessed with the presence of some of the Quinlan ISD Administration who made the trip to downtown Dallas for a 7:30 a.m. performance. Thank you for supporting our students at this performance and all of the arts programs at Quinlan ISD.





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    Quinlan-Ford Bands Compete and Earn UIL Honors


    On Thursday, March 2nd the Quinlan-Ford Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble competed in the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest at Canton High School. There are two parts of this contest: (1) a prepared portion where the band presents 3 pieces prescribed by UIL and (2) a portion where the band gets a piece of music they have never seen before and has to study it and perform it for a panel of judges one time. During the sightreading portion of the contest the band has 8 minutes to study a new piece of music they have never seen before. The director has 8 minutes to explain the piece, demonstrate rhythms, explain style, discuss dynamics, identify accidentals, discuss tempo and key changes, identify articulations, and discuss balance and blend. The students cannot practice the piece at any time during the 8 minutes, except to study it silently. The concert and sightreading contest is an intense process to participate in and the directors are very proud of the bands for their accomplishments.


    The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mr. Brent Longbotham earned a rating of "Excellent" from the UIL Judging Panel. The students in this band have worked very hard and the directors are proud of their performances.


    The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Marty Filip earned UIL Sweepstakes from the UIL Judging Panel. The students in this band worked very hard to achieve their goal of earning a Division 1 on both portions of the contest. Not only did they earn a Division 1, but they earned a Division 1 from all three judges in both portions of the contest, SWEEPSTAKES!!!!!!



    Congratulations for the Quinlan-Ford Wind Ensemble for earning this elite honor and status.



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    2016-2017 Wind Ensemble
    2016-2017 Wind Ensemble



    It is our distinct pleasure to announce that Kaija Short has auditioned for and was selected as 5th Chair Flute for Region Band, an Area Band Member, and 2nd Alternate to the Texas ATSSB 4A All-State Band.


    The All-State Process started early in the year when students started preparing the music and scales for the first set of auditions, which were in December at the Region Band Auditions for Region 3 in Kemp. This process is very grueling as the auditions are blind and students play for a panel of 5 judges. Kaija earned 5th Chair Flute out of almost 90 Flute players from around the region. This accomplishment earned her a spot to audition at the Area level, which took place on Saturday, January 7th in Argyle. 


    For Area Auditions, Kaija continued to polish and prepare her music for the next round of auditions at area and placed 6th chair Flute in 4A from around our area which pulls the top students from 4 regions. The Area Kaija competed in spans from the Texas Panhandle to Comanche to Canton to Bonham and along the Texas/Oklahoma Boarder. There are only 4 flute players in 4A that earn a spot in the Texas All-State Band from each of the states 5 Areas. Kaija's 6th chair placement has her as a 2nd Alternate to the Texas ATSSB 4A All-State Band.

    Kaija Short


    Her level of dedication, discipline, and attention to detail has earned her top spots as a musician. We are very proud of Kaija and her accomplishments in the All-State process. Congratulations Kaija!!!


     


    Panther Marching Band Places in Finals at Marching Contest




    On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Quinlan-Ford Panther Marching Band competed in the Cedar Creek Marching Contest at Mabank High School. We are proud to announce the Panther Marching Band placed in finals after their prelims performance. After the finals performance by the Panther Band, we placed overall 4th out of 16 bands. Additionally, the Panther Band placed 2nd in Class 4A. All the students in the Quinlan-Ford Panther Marching band have worked hard this season to reach the highest level possible and perform with purpose and pride. The bands performances on Saturday were a great example and demonstration of uniformity, teamwork, pride, and high levels of achievement. 

    Congratulations to the students of Quinlan-Ford Panther Marching Band!!!! 


    The band will compete again on Wednesday, October 19th at the UIL Region 3 Marching Contest at Mesquite Memorial Stadium. The band takes the field at 3:45pm. Good Luck Panther Band!!!!!

    Photo taken by Deanna Upchurch.





    FHS Jazz Band Students Earn Top Spots at Region



    We are proud to announce the results from the Region 3/20 All-Region Jazz Auditions from Saturday, September 17th held at Crandall High School.  Quinlan-Ford Panther Band students secured 5 out of 20 spots in the ATSSB Region 3/20 Jazz Band.  There were nine schools that participated in the contest where students auditioned for the coveted 20 spots.  This is an outstanding showing for Quinlan-Ford, and we are all very proud of all of the students who auditioned.

    5 Quinlan-Ford Band Students placed in the Region Jazz Band.  

    Kristen Wolfe - Baritone Saxophone
    Makayla Collins - Trumpet
    Taylor Wilson - Trumpet
    Adriana Valadez - Tenor Trombone
    William Brown - Bass Trombone

    All 5 of these students will have the honor of being members of the Region 3/20 All-Region Jazz Band hosted at Quinlan-Ford on November 15th at 7:00 pm. This concert is FREE, and everyone is invited to attend this special event being held in the Quinlan-Ford HS Auditorium. 

    3 Quinlan-Ford Band Students also placed high enough to earn a certification to the Area Level contest.

    Kristen Wolfe - Baritone Saxophone
    Adriana Valadez - Tenor Trombone
    William Brown - Bass Trombone

    The three students who are certified for the Area Level Contest have recorded their audition with a professional recording engineer that will be sent to the state level for adjudication.  Results from the area auditions will be available in November 2016.  

    Also, Quinlan-Ford had several students place as top alternates in their sections. These students were just shy of earning a spot in the region jazz band.  We are proud of their hard work and their representation of the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band.

    Kaitlyn Ard - Tenor Saxophone - 2nd Alternate
    Kaija Short - Piano - 2nd Alternate
    TJ Landess - Bass Guitar - 1st Alternate




    Quinlan-Ford Wind Ensemble Earns UIL Sweepstakes!



    On Thursday, March 3rd the Quinlan-Ford Wind Ensemble competed in the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest at Canton High School.There are two parts of this contest: (1) a prepared portion of the contest where the band presents 3 pieces prescribed by UIL and (2) a portion where the band gets a piece of music they have never seen before and has to study it and perform it for a panel of judges one time. The students worked very hard to achieve their goal of earning a Division 1 on both portions of the contest. Not only did they earn a Division 1, but they earned a Division 1 from all three judges in both portions of the contest, SWEEPSTAKES!!!!!! During the sightreading portion of the contest the band has 8 minutes to study a new piece of music they have never seen before. The director has 8 minutes to explain the piece, demonstrate rhythms, explain style, discuss dynamics, identify accidentals, discuss tempo and key changes, identify articulations, and discuss balance and blend. The students cannot practice the piece at any time during the 8 minutes, except to study it silently. The concert and sightreading contest is an intense process to participate in and the directors are very proud of the Wind Ensemble for their accomplishment. While the Quinlan band has earned UIL Division 1's over the last several years, it has been since 1989 since a Quinlan Band earned a UIL Sweepstakes Trophy.

     Congratulations to the Quinlan-Ford Wind Ensemble
    for earning this elite honor and status.


    Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest

    Members of the Quinlan-Ford Choir and Band competed in their respective UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest the first weekend of February.  Students prepared and performed a solo and/or ensemble for a Judge at the regional contest and received comments and a rating in addition to the chance to gain advancement to the Texas State UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest.  


    UIL Solo & Ensemble Students


    FORTY ONE students gained advancement to the Texas State UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest.  This is a very difficult process to go through and the students cannot receive any help from a director at the contest.  Earning a Division I or Superior Rating means the students performed their selections with minimal to no intonation issues, tempo issues or rhythm issues.  The students have to work together in small groups to perform their selections with appropriate and matching styles, articulations and musical nuances. Instrumentalists and Vocalist solos have to learn, rehearse, and memorize their solos to be considered for the State UIL.  Instrumental solos are a challenge to memorize as they can be 4-6 pages long and are often very challenging rhythmically.  Additionally, vocal solos are often sung in a different language.  This year, several vocalists had to learn the diction involved with Italian, which is a difficult process.  The band and choir directors are very proud of the work and attention to detail these students have displayed to perfect their craft of musical performance.  It is such a pleasure to work with such talented students on a daily basis.


    UIL Solo & Ensemble Students
    UIL Solo & Ensemble Students



    Congratulations to all students involved and good luck to those students who were
    certified to compete in the Texas State UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest.


                


                The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selection of the 2016 ATSSB All-State Band. More than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of the five area auditions held this past weekend across the state and only 290 of these 2,020 students were selected for all-state honors.

                The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio, Texas, February 10-13, 2016, and will present a concert beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

                Stephen Pratt, Indiana University, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band. The Symphonic Band will premierResolution by Kenneth L. Griffin, commissioned by ATSSB to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of ATSSB. Phillip Clements, Texas A&M University-Commerce, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band. The Concert Band will premiere Where Morning Dawns, Where Evening Fades by Eric Rath, the winning entry in the 2016 ATSSB Composition Competition. Dean Sorenson, University of Minnesota, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble which will perform at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in Stars at Night Ballroom East of the Convention Center.

            TJ Landess, a member of the Quinlan-Ford High School Band, was selected as a member of the All-State Band. He was chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. Landess plays the String Bass at school under the direction of Marty Filip, who is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1155-member group of band directors in class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A high schools in Texas. This is his first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. His other interests at school include Jazz Band and National Honor Society. He also enjoys doing volunteer work. He is the son of Tom and Cheri Landess, in Quinlan, Texas.



    All-Region Band and Area Candidates


    This December, members of the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band competed in the ATSSB 
    All-Region Band Auditions held at Kemp High School.  Over 20 schools and 450 students from around the region participated in the Region Band Contest.  The students had to perform a series of scales and 2 prepared audition pieces for a panel of 5 judges in order to have the chance to earn a spot in the All-Region Band.  Individual preparation and dedication to each musicians craft is paramount to the students success in this contest.  Students from the Quinlan-Ford Panther Band spent most of the fall semester preparing for these auditions through individual practice and individual lessons with the band directors.

    7 FHS Band Students Placed in All-Region Band
      • Lenora Willman - 4th Chair Flute Concert Band
      • Cheyenne Montgomery - 2nd Chair Alto Clarinet Symphonic Band
      • Daniel Sanchez - 1st Chair Contra-Bass Clarinet Symphonic Band
      • Taylor Wilson - 10th Chair Trumpet Concert Band
      • Adam Myers - 2nd Chair Trumpet Symphonic Band
      • Nick Hernandez - 7th Chair Percussion Concert Band
      • TJ Landess - 1st Chair String Bass Symphonic Band

      2 FHS Band Students Placed in an Alternate Position

      • Kaija Short - 2nd Alternate for Flute
      • Logan Seamans - 1st Alternate for Baritone Saxophone

      In addition, if the students placed high enough in their sections, they advanced to the next level of contest, Area Auditions.  The following students will compete at the Area Level Contest in Argyle on January 9th for a chance to earn a spot in the All-State Band.
      • Lenora Willman - Flute
      • Cheyenne Montgomery - Alto Clarinet
      • Daniel Sanchez - Contra-Bass Clarinet
      • Adam Myers - Trumpet
      • TJ Landess - String Bass

      We are very proud of 
      all the students who auditioned for the All-Region Band.  They worked very hard for this contest and it has paid off.  Region Auditions is not an easy process to prepare for or compete in.  Students that make a region band and even advance to the area level are the best instrumentalist students from our region and have held themselves to high standards of excellence through purposeful and detailed preparation.  These students have represented Quinlan ISD and themselves with high standards of excellence and dedication.  Congratulations to all students that placed in a region band and Good Luck to the 5 Quinlan-Ford Band Students who advanced to the Area Level contest.


      North East Texas Marching Invitational

      On October 3rd, 2015 the Quinlan-Ford Panther Marching Band competed in the North East Texas Marching Invitational on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce where they earned a Division 1 rating from the judges.  This is the highest rating the marching band can receive at the contest.  Additionally, the Panther Color Guard received Best Color Guard in class 4A.  All the students in the Quinlan-Ford Panther Marching band worked very hard during the 2015 marching season to reach the highest level possible and perform with purpose and pride.  Their performance at the NETEX Marching Invitational was a great example and demonstration of uniformity, teamwork, pride, and high levels of achievement.  





      Congratulations to the students of Quinlan-Panther Marching Band!!!! 


      All-Region and Area Jazz 

      I am proud to announce the results from the Region 3 All-Region Jazz Auditions from Saturday, September 20th.  Quinlan-Ford Panther Band secured 5 out of 20 spots in the ATSSB Region 3 Jazz Band.  There were 9 schools that participated in the contest where students auditioned for the coveted 20 spots.  This is an outstanding showing for Quinlan-Ford and we are allvery proud of all of the students who auditioned.

      Quinlan-Ford had four students who placed in the Region Jazz Band and are certified for Area Jazz Band auditions.  

      William Brown - Bass Trombone
      Nicolas Hernandez - Percussion
      Adam Myers - Trumpet
      Taylor Wilson - Trumpet

      Quinlan-Ford had one student place in the Region Jazz Band.

      Makayla Collins - Trumpet

      The four students who are certified for the Area Level Contest have recorded their audition with a professional recording engineer that will be sent into the state level for adjudication.  Results from the area auditions will be available in November 2014.  All five of these students will have the honor of being  members of the Region 3 All-Region Jazz Band hosted at Quinlan-Ford on November 18th at 7:00. This concert is FREE and everyone is invited to attend this special event being held at our school. 

      In addition, Quinlan-Ford had two students place as 1st alternates in their sections. These students were one spot away from earning a spot in the region jazz band.  I am proud of their hard work and their representation of the Quinlan Panther Band.

      Lenora Willman - Alto Saxophone
      Kristen Wolfe - Baritone Saxophone