2010-2011 Fine Arts Recognition

There have been over 750 secondary music performances this year, 120 dance performances, and over 275 elementary music programs.

The GISD Fine Arts Department was named by the National Association Of Music Merchants Foundation As A "Best Community For Music Education."  Only 179 districts in the United States earned this distinction.



  • The band from the Classical Center at Brandenburg was invited to participate in the Music For All Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Honors Band Clarinet section helped present a clinic at TMEA, "Creating a Monster Clarinet Section," in February, 2011
  • The Rowlett High School Mighty Eagle Band placed first at the UIL Area C marching contest which qualified them for the State Marching Contest for the 4th time in the school's history.
  • The Naaman Forest HS Band earned its 20th Consecutive UIL1st Division Rating at the UIL Region 3 Marching Contest.  Also earned the  1st Consecutive UIL 1st Division Rating in the Concert Portion of the UIL Region 3.  They won 1st Place in the TCU Jazz Festival and 2nd Place in the UTA Jazz Festival.
  • Austin Academy Honors Band won 3 trophies at the Peak Music Festival held at the Eisemann Center in Richardson on May 4.  First Division, Best in Class, and Most Outstanding Group!
  • LCHS Band and Color Guard
    • 8th at Mesquite Marching Contest
    • 7th Prelims, 6th Finals at Plano East Marching Contest, Best Guard
    • 4th Place NTCA Championships, JV Winter Guard
    • 2nd Place NTCA Championships, Varsity Winter Guard
  • Lyles Middle School Band commissioned a musical piece in honor of one of their class mates who suffers with cancer. It is truly a beautiful piece of music and the band plays it so well.


  • The Garland High School A Cappella Women's Choir  performed an outstanding concert as a Texas Music Educators Association Honor Choir in February.
  • In our second year of having an honor choir at Montclair, we placed second at the Hawaiian Falls Elementary Choir Festival on May 20, 2011.
  • Garland Children's' Chorus had 9 performances
  • The GHS Chamber Singers
    • Earned a Superior rating at the American Classic Madrigal Festival in San Antonio on Saturday, March 5. 
    • Performed for Arts Education Days at the state capitol in Austin on Monday, March 7.
  • The GHS A Cappella Choir
    • Performed a joint holiday concert with the choirs from Texas A&M Commerce on Saturday, Dec. 4.
    • Performed our National Anthem at the Texas Rangers game on Friday, May 13.
      25 graduating GHS choir seniors earned $831,000 in college scholarships and awards.

Drill Team

  • The Sterling Stars were named Texas State Champions in Military category at contest.  They just completed our 20th Anniversary as a team.


  • Armstrong Elementary School won Best in Class 2011 at Hawaiian Falls.


  • Garland High School IB Film Students won 3rd place in the TXU Energy Fast Forward Student Film Competition bringing $2,500 home as prize. This is the second year we have won one of the top 3 prizes in this contest. 60 films across the state were entered this year. The winnings purchase much needed equipment for the growing program.
  • The GHS 82 member cast production of Young Frankenstein donated $2,500 to breast cancer awareness. The event was dedicated to our five current and surviving breast cancer patients here at GHS. Our monster and the young lady playing Heidi walked in costume in the one mile walk.

Harp Esemble


  • The GISD had 19 music students selected to perform in one of the TMEA All State music groups.
  • 1,684 high school students participated in UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest and over 1200 students entered our district wide band Solo and Ensemble.
  • We had 111 music groups participate in UIL music contests this year and 70% of these groups received the highest rating of a first division in concert, sight-reading or both.
  • Spring Creek Elementary school received recognition and an article in the Garland Texas Online Newspaper for their Music Ensemble Performance at Winter's Park Assisted Living Community back in December. The students gave residents hand-made cards and some of the residents ended up sending students thank you cards the following week through the mail.
  • For the final project in the SGHS AP Music Theory class, each student composed a 16 measure chorale using what they have learned throughout the year. The students then orchestrated their chorales for either concert band or choir and are being recorded by the SGHS Honors Band, and the SGHS A Capella Choir.


  • Austin Academy for Excellence Orchestras hosted Mark Wood and Electrify Your Strings for the 3rd year in a row. Over 400 students participated.
    • AAE students earned more spots in the All-Region orchestra than any other middle school in our region
    • AAE students earned more ribbons/medals at Solo/ensemble contest than any other participating school\
    • AAE Philharmonic orchestra earned Superior ratings at Peak Festival (Eisemann performance)
    • AAE Honors orchestra earned Superior ratings and Runner up in class at Spring in the Park (Winspear performance)
    • AAE Intermediate orchestra earned Superior ratings and Best in Class at Sandy Lake
  • Garland HS Orchestra
    • 1st time - GHS had the most string instrument members in the High School Region Orchestra.
    • Best In Class Award - The Festival of Champions Music Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida
  • Sandy Lake Funfest Outstanding Orchestra trophy for Kimberlin String Orchestra.
  • Sandy Lake Funfest Outstanding Orchestra trophy for Hillside String Orchestra


  • There  have been over 100 public performances by the theatre arts students.. 
  • All of our high schools participated in a special awards program named after the first lady of theatre in Garland, the Patty Granville Awards.  
  • Our middle school students participated in the Middle School Theatre Arts Festival held in November.
  • All of our high schools participated in the UIL Zone and District One Act Play in March.  South Garland and Rowlett High School advanced to Area and the South Garland Theatre students advanced to the Regional level.
  • Naaman Forest Fine Arts is proud to mention that Candice Marie Woods, Alumni from the NFHS Class of 2005, is now in her 3rd Broadway show, and 5th professional Theatre production since she moved to New York in March of 2005. Candice is currently in the new Tony-nominated musical on Broadway, "Catch Me If You Can," as an Original Cast Ensemble Member. Candice was involved in Theatre, as well as Choir, while she attended Naaman.
  • Lyles Middles School Theatre produced the world premiere of Scott Haans' "Hex Marks the Spot.

Visual Arts

  • There were 480 pieces of art entered in the Elementary Art Show, roughly 1200 pieces in the Middle School Show and 1200 in the two High School Art Shows.
  • Nine of our middle schools participate in Jr. VASE and 14 students earned the highest award of a Silver Medal.  20% of the Silver Medals in the entire region were awarded to Garland ISD middle school art students.
  • In high school VASE, we took 120 pieces to Regionals.  Out of those pieces, 19 were chosen to go to State VASE.  16 of those pieces scored the highest rating of 4 and two of our students were awarded the highest honor of the Gold Seal.  These two art pieces will travel with the Gold Seal Exhibit across the state of Texas.
  • A Garland High School art student was selected as one of thirty finalists in the nation for the Lucerne Art Of Dairy Contest. She painted her interpretation on a 5'2" tall, 8' long, and 3' wide life-size fiberglass cow.  She also created a five minute claymation romantic comedy with monkeys called "Love Sick."  This film won a $600 prize from Texas Visual Art Association.
  • Two Rowlett High School art students have advanced to the next level in the National K-12 Ceramics Exhibition.
  • Two art students from North Garland High School and one from Garland High School were among 13 students who had their art work published in the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament calendar this year.
  • Entered around 650-700 for Advanced and 500 for Art 1 or so pieces just for HS this year, maybe even more.