Awards & Accomplishments


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


    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.
    



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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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!!!


 


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.  


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.


            


            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