Standing Ovations

David Cain, NISD Elementary Music /Secondary Vocal Supervisor, was chosen by the Texas Music Administrators Conference as the 2016 “Music Administrator of the Year” for excellence in support of music education.  David has taught music for over 35 years and continues to provide instructors the necessary tools to be highly successful in the classroom. 

 The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) was held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from November 11-14. Dana Dominguez (12th grade percussionist from Stevens High School) earned 1st place in the High School Keyboard Contest at PASIC with a score of 97 out of 100. There were 22 students competing in this keyboard competition and Dana's performance of Pius Cheung's Etude in E Minor earned the highest score among all individuals competing at PASIC in both the high school and college divisions.

The Brandeis Bronco Band and the Taft Raider Band joined together during their halftime presentation to salute our veterans and active military personnel. The halftime was aired by MY 35 “Thursday Night Lights: telecast from Farris Stadium. The mass band performed “Salute to America’s Finest” as they spelled out “USA” on the field. NISD appreciates the band students, spirit organizations, directors, and campus administrators for recognizing those individuals that protect our freedoms in this great nation.

Congratulations to the drumlines from Katherine Stinson Middle School and Earl Warren High School for winning their respective categories in the Brandeis South Texas Classic Drumline Invitational held Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Louis Brandeis High School.   This annual festival provides marching percussionists from Central Texas an opportunity to expand percussion concepts in both music performance as well as indoor marching skills.  Stinson directors include Alex Melendez and Kevin Lehman.

On Thursday, October 29, over 400 zombified NISD Middle School Theatre students descended upon the San Antonio Food Bank for the annual Thrill-A-Mill celebration.

Congratulations to the William H. Taft Steel Drum Band for their selection as a showcase ensemble at the 2016 Texas Music Educators’ Association Conference. The TMEA conference is the largest music educator conference in North America and includes showcase performances by outstanding ensembles.  Their performance will be at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center on Saturday, February 13 at 9:00 am.

During crossover week of the NISD football schedule (September 24, 25, 26) all five football halftime shows gave tribute to America’s armed service men and women, current and retired.  Marching bands from each high school collaborated in preparing a halftime show to include the sounding of TAPS in honor of those that have fallen in service to America.  In addition, the ARMED FORCES SALUTE MEDLEY or AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL was performed to recognize and thank all personnel protecting our nation.

Congratulations to NISD jazz students for being selected to the majority of jazz chairs at the recent Texas Music Educators’ Association Region 11 Jazz Auditions.  Standard big band instrumentation was selected for two bands.  Both ensembles will be in concert on Saturday, November 7, 2:30 pm at Sandra O’Connor HS.

Congratulations to Coke Stevenson Middle School Wind Ensemble for receiving the National Mark of Excellence from the National Wind Band Honors Project sponsored by The Foundation for Music Education.  Under the direction of Band Directors Joslyn Munoz and Pamela Herrera, the Stevenson Bands have received numerous awards in local and state band performance.