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The Anna Coyote High School Band Boosters Welcome you!

Anna Band Boosters bring you this page full of information & accolades about your own 4A State UIL Top 5 Band!

Anna Band History

In the spring of 2007, the AHS Band competed in its very first UIL Concert/Sight-reading competition.   In the fall of 2007, the band earned competed in its first UIL Marching Competition.  Over the past 14 years, the band has had great success at UIL Competitions.  The AHS Band earned First Division Ratings in Concert Performance in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  The AHS Band also earned First Division Ratings in Sight-reading in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

In 2007 and 2010 through 2018, the AHS Marching Band earned First Divisions at the UIL Marching Competition.   Six times in the past 11 seasons, the AHS Band advanced to the UIL Area Marching Competition and was named as an Area Finalist.  The AHS Band has earned a UIL Sweepstakes Trophy for 12 consecutive years.  Each year, the band has sent an increasing number of  students to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Competition, along with All State Jazz finalists.

We’ve done better than the above EVERY YEAR SINCE! Our band students are AMAZING.

Oh, in 2018-2019, WE QUALIFIED FOR UIL STATE 4A CHAMPIONSHIPS for Marching Band! What a great experience!

And We finished 5TH at UIL STATE for 2021-2022! We’re so EXCITED!!!!

Come see us perform this year!

Past Marching Shows

  • 2021 – Heart Of Gold (UIL State 4A 5th Place!!!)
  • 2020- Unchained
  • 2019 – Joan Of Arc – Maid of Orleans
  • 2018 – Icarus (UIL State 4A Qualifier!)
  • 2017 – Carpe Noctem
  • 2016 – Rojo: Danzas de Amor
  • 2015 – Alcatraz
  • 2014 – Brave New World
  • 2013 – How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
  • 2012 – Desert Winds
  • 2011 – The Far East
  • 2010 – The Pyramids of Egypt
  • 2009 – Heroes of the Dark and Light
  • 2008 – Rhapsodic Adventures (Music from Hungarian Rhapsody and Bohemian Rhapsody)
  • 2007 – Video Games Live (Bounty Hunter, Outer Space, Themes from Halo)
  • 2006 – Voyage to Vulcan (Music from Voyager, Rise of the Vulcan and Forge of the Vulcan)

 

Why Should Your Student Join Band?

SAT Scores Improve

According to reports by the College Entrance Examination Board.  A recent report from the College Board found that students in music performance groups scored 57 points higher on the critical reading, 43 points higher on the math and 58 points higher on writing  than students with no arts participation; students in music appreciation scored 62 points higher on verbal, 41 points higher on math and 61 on writing.   – The College Board, Profile of College-Bound Seniors National Report.

Music strengthens & engages multiple skills and abilities

Music requires the integration of eye-hand coordination, rhythm, tonality, symbol recognition and interpretation, attention span, and other factors that represent synthetic aspects of human intelligence. In addition, critical thinking, problem-solving, and learning how to work cooperatively toward shared goals are all skills which are reinforced through music education.

Band reinforces the skills of cooperation

which are among the qualities now most highly valued in business and industry, especially in high-tech contexts. Members are required to shift from an I/Me focus to a We/Us focus. Instead of the logic being, “what’s in it for me,” it becomes, “what’s in it for us?” Band is a group effort which focuses on group goals and the completion of those goals in each and every rehearsal and performance.

Music is one of the seven intelligences identified in the brain

and the only one that utilizes all seven intelligences simultaneously. Students who participate in music courses exercise more of their brain than in any other course they take in school.

What IS Marching Band?

The Marching Band is an award-winning musical ensemble consisting of students from grades 9 through 12. The Band performs frequently in the community, at football and basketball games, and at band reviews/parades and field show competitions.

This class is designed for students who play a band instrument and are interested in the total range of band music and activities. Students will improve instrumental skills as well as acquire skills in precision teamwork, body carriage, musicianship, and showmanship. Members selected for color guard and majorette must enroll. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.

  1. We march, we play music, we have a great time performing and making friends
  2. We are active in the summer with rehearsals, performances, and band camp (August). Band camp attendance is essential for the success of the band.

What IS Color Guard?

Color Guard is an attached unit of the Anna High School Band whose members represent the music visually, with various flags, sabers, rifles, or other props.

Color Guard members are required to attend all mandatory Marching Band functions. The marching “season” lasts from August until mid-December, with some Saturdays committed to band activities. After December, students will transition to a Winter Guard Team and perform a different show in competitions.

What IS Band Camp?

Band Camp at Anna High School is the time when all the band and color guard members get together to learn how to march, play, and perform the music for the upcoming season’s field show and parade.

At camp, students meet new friends, learn marching and playing fundamentals, start learning the field show, and have a concentrated time for music, with no outside distractions. The students form friendships with each other, at all grade levels, making them feel welcome before summer ends and high school starts.

Students go home at the end of each day.

How Long Is Marching Season?

The marching season starts with band camp in July and typically lasts until the Holiday Parade in December. We perform at all football games (home & away) as well as competitions on some Saturdays. And then the UIL Marching competitions are the exciting times! Can we make it to State? You watch! Really!

(‘not long enough!’ some parents say…It’s so much fun for parents!)

Where Does The Band Practice?

Rehearsals take place in the parking lot near the band hall.

Sometimes, practice will be moved to the football stadium when the field is available, and for clinics and all practices before competitions.

If you need a copy of the practice schedule, please contact the Band Director.

What Is A Typical 'Game Day' like?

All members meet at the school. The truck and buses are loaded, and a caravan heads to the football stadium. Once at the stadium, the truck and buses are unloaded and the students report to their designated area. The band plays a variety of music to help keep spectators excited and the players pumped. During the 2nd Quarter, the Band and Color-guard exit the stands and begin warm ups for the half-time show. Additionally, the Pit & Prop crews will unload any additional items for the performance. At the end of the 2nd Quarter, Bands for both teams perform to Home side of the field.

At the end of our performance, students will get water and snacks provided by the Band Boosters. Pit & Prop crews will promptly load equipment on the truck that is not needed for the remainder of the game. During the 3rd Quarter, the Band and Color-guard will take a quick break and recover from the half-time show before heading back to the stands. The Band will remain the in the stands until the end of the game.

A final performance of the School Song will be played when the game is over. The Director will provide instructions to load all equipment on the truck and load the buses.are loaded. A caravan heads back to the school where the truck and buses are unloaded. The Band Director will release the students (typically 45 mins) after returning to Anna High School.

What Is A Typical 'Competition Day' Like?

A typical competition day begins in the early morning on the day of the competition.  All members meet at the school. The truck and buses are loaded, and a caravan heads to the competition destination. Once at the competition site, the truck and buses are unloaded and last-minute preparations take place. The Band and Color-guard begin warm up and perform in the preliminaries.

After the performance, students change out of uniform, relax, and eat food prepared by the Band Boosters. If time allows, students and volunteers will watch the remaining Bands perform.  The top 10-12 bands usually move on to the finals*. Once preliminaries are complete, the Band Director will provide final performance times. The Band and Color-guard warm up and perform in the final competition.  After the performance, students change out of uniform, relax, and eat snacks provided by the Band Boosters. Students are encouraged to watch all remaining band shows. Once all bands have performed in the finals, an awards ceremony takes place.

When finished, the truck and buses are loaded, and a caravan heads back to the school. Once at the school, the truck and buses are unloaded. The Band Director will release the students (typically 45 mins) after returning to Anna High School.

*In the event the band does not make finals, the truck and buses are loaded, and a caravan heads back to the school. Once at the school, the truck and buses are unloaded. The Band Director will release the students (typically 45 mins) after returning to Anna High School.

What Do Students Bring To The Competition?

Besides their instrument and complete uniform, a large water bottle (often provided by the band).  It may be helpful to bring along a sunscreen, a light jacket, other shoes, musical accessories such as reeds or sticks, money for food or souvenirs.

What If My Student Has A Schedule Conflict?

Early communication with the band director is essential to work out possible schedule conflicts.

Students in the past have been able to participate in both band and outside activities such as soccer, football, basketball, FFA, etc.

Where Can I Get Patches?

Letterman jacket patches, commonly referred to as patches, signify academic, athletic, and extracurricular accomplishments, and are traditionally worn on the sleeves of varsity jackets and letterman sweaters.

Generally, you can purchase patches at the competitions. These are purchased at your own expense. Check at “Southwest Emblem” online to see what they have available.

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