Awards and recognitions 

 

The Argyle Band program has a rich tradition of success both at the middle school and high school levels.

Music for all national Festival

The Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, celebrates outstanding music-making by the nation’s finest high school and middle school scholastic ensembles, invited to perform in concert after a national, recorded audition. The Argyle Middle School Honor Winds were invited to perform at the 2019 National Festival in Indianapolis and performed the following six selections:

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Eagles Awake - Richard Saucedo

Variations on Scarborough Fair - Calvin Custer

Simple Gifts - Frank Ticheli

King Cotton - John Philip Sousa

Night Fury - Carol Brittin Chambers

Stormbreak - Jim Casella

AtSSB Outstanding Performance Series

The Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) sponsors the Outstanding Performance Series, where every year recordings are submitted to a panel of judges from each region in Texas. This contest is open to all 4A schools and smaller. Each band can submit two concert pieces and one march. The winners in each region advance to the area level and the winners at the area level advance to the state level, at which point the overall winners are selected and the top two in each category are published on a CD. Below are the years the Argyle Middle School Band has placed first or second and been published on the annual CD.

In 2021, the Argyle Middle School Symphonic Band was the first Non-Varsity band in the history of the OPS contest to have a recording published on the CD.

As of fall 2022, Argyle is no longer eligible to compete due to the move to 5A.

2022 - 1st place March: The Washington Post March (Evan Fletcher, director)

2021 - 2nd place Concert piece: Night Fury - (Symphonic Band) (Bojan Gutic, director)

2021 - 1st place March: The High School Cadets (Evan Fletcher, director)

2019 - 1st place Concert piece: Simple Gifts, all 4 movements (Evan Fletcher, director)

2018 - 1st place March: The Footlifter March (Evan Fletcher, director)

2018 - 1st place Concert Piece: Songs of Old Kentucky (Evan Fletcher, director)

2017 - 1st place March: El Arco de Los Cabos (Evan Fletcher, director)

2017 - 1st place Concert Piece: Summer Resounding (Evan Fletcher, director)

2015 - 1st place March: March of the Buccaneers (Evan Fletcher, director)

2015 - 1st place Concert Piece: Highland Celebration (Evan Fletcher, director)

2012 - 2nd place March: Prestissimo (Ray Hilley, director)

2011 - 2nd place March: Gallant Marines March (Ray Hilley, director)

2005 - 1st place March: The Tahoka Gallop (Chris Burk, director)

2005 - 1st place Concert Piece: Songs of the Whalemen (Chris Burk, director)

2005 - 2nd place Concert Piece: Latin Folk Song Trilogy (Chris Burk, director)

2004 - 1st place March: Newcastle March (Chris Burk, director)

2004 - 1st place Concert Band: Quintology (Chris Burk, director)

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Mark of Excellence, Citation oF Excellence

Hosted by the Foundation for Music Education, this competition is similar to the ATSSB OPS competition, but this one is conducted on a nationwide level. The top 25% are named National Winners and the next 25% are named Commended Winners with National Winners being published on an annual CD.

The Citation of Excellence is specific to Non-Varsity Bands (Our Symphonic Band) and follows the same parameters.

Mark of Excellence:

2022 - National Winner 

2021 - National Winner

2019 - Commended Winner

2018 - National Winner

2017 - Commended Winner

Citation of Excellence:

2021 - Citation Winner

2022 - Commended Winner

Argyle High school band

We are a proud feeder of the Argyle High School Band. The Argyle High School Band is the largest organization at Argyle High School and has a rich history of success in both the fall during marching season and the spring during concert season.

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The Argyle High School Marching Band holds the record for most state championships won of any marching band, regardless of classification, in Texas. These students have to advance from the Region marching contest, make finals at area, be in the top 3 or 4 bands at the area level, then place in the top 10 at the State Marching Contest to advance to finals, where these rankings are finalized. The Argyle Marching Band has not only advanced to State, but they have made finals every single year at the UIL State Marching contest.

 

Some videos of past performances back to 2008 are below if you click the years.

 

 (Note, the state marching band contest typically only occurs every other year)

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2021 - 1st place, Class 4A Gold Medalists

2020 - 1st place, Class 4A Gold Medalists

2018 - 2nd place, Class 4A Silver Medalists

2016 - 2nd place, Class 4A Silver Medalists

2014 - 1st place, Class 4A Gold Medalists

2012 - 1st place, Class 3A Gold Medalists

2010 - 1st place, Class 3A Gold Medalists

2008 - 1st place, Class 3A Gold Medalists

2006 - 5th place, Class 3A Finalist

2005 - 1st place, Class 2A Gold Medalists

2003 - 1st place, Class 2A Gold Medalists

TMEA Honor Band

 

2022 - Honor Band Winner, Class 4A (Jason Bird, Director)

2017 - Runner Up, Class 4A (Kathy Johnson, Director)

2015 - Runner Up, Class 3A (Kathy Johnson, Director)

2013 - 5th Place, Class 3A (Kathy Johnson, Director)

2009 - Honor Band Winner, Class 3A (Kathy Johnson, Director)

2006 - Honor Band Winner, Class 2A (Cindy Mikel, Director)

2004 - Runner up, Class 2A (Cindy Mikel, Director)

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Outstanding performance series:

Not only is the Argyle High School Marching Band incredible, the Concert band continues to excel every single year.

 

The Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) holds a competition every year where recordings are submitted to a panel of judges from each region in Texas. Each band can submit two concert pieces and one march. The winners in each region advance to the area level and the winners at the area level advance to the state level, at which point the overall winners are selected and the top two in each category are published on a CD. Below are the years the Argyle Middle School Band has placed first or second and been published on the annual CD.

 

2019 - 2nd place March: Honey Boys on Parade (Jason Bird, director)

2017 - 2nd place Concert: The Hounds of Spring (Kathy Johnson, director)

2015 - 1st place Concert: Symphonic Dance No. 3 (Kathy Johnson, director)

2008 - 2nd place Concert: Symphonic Dance No. 3 (Kathy Johnson, director)

2008 - 1st place Concert: Trittico (Kathy Johnson, director)

2008 - 2nd place Concert: Sarabande and Polka (Kathy Johnson, director)

2007 - 2nd place Concert: Vesuvius (Kathy Johnson, director)

2004 - 1st place March: Glory of the Yankee Navy (Cindy Mikel, director)

2004 - 1st place Concert: Linden Lea (Cindy Mikel, director)

2004 - 2nd place Concert: Pablo! (Cindy Mikel, director)

2003 - 2nd place March: Honey Boys on Parade (Cindy Mikel, director)