Awards & Accomplishments 2016-2017
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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