Fine Arts Accomplishments
Duncanville High School’s a cappella choir has been invited to perform at the opening session of the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association convention in February. The choir, under the direction of Jesse Cannon, is the only high school ensemble invited to participate in the special performance celebrating the organization’s centennial.
“To be invited to perform for the largest collection of music educators in the world, is without question, one of the highest honors any high school ensemble in Texas can receive,” said Duncanville Director of Fine Arts, Steven Moss.
As to why Duncanville was selected for the honor, TMEA administrative director Kay Van Landingham called Duncanville High School choral director Jesse Cannon ‘the real deal.’
"What he and the district are offering those kids is truly phenomenal."
TMEA’s opening program, called ‘It Starts with Music,’ will take place at the San Antonio Convention Center’s Lila Cockrell Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m.
TMEA is an association of more than 13,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Click here for more information.
Congratulations to our Choir Students
Congratulations to Junior Trumpet Robert Jones and Senior Xavian Clay who made All-Region Jazz Band
Congratulations to our Choral Department Advancing to Region
The Mark of Excellence consists of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, Natonal Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition entered by recordings, in which the top quarter ae selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commened Honors. This year 320 of the finest musical ensembles in the nation enetered the competition. The project has now received recorded and written comments from the adjudicators, and also a compilation recording of the performances of the National Winners.
Duncanville ISD celebrates national Best Community for Music Education award
Duncanville ISD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Duncanville answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
2019-2020 Texas Bandmasters Association "Exemplary High School Band Program"
Duncanville Band’s Legacy of Excellence Recognized at State Music Convention
The Duncanville High School Band was awarded the 2019 Exemplary Band Program Award at the annual Texas Bandmasters Association convention in San Antonio on Thursday, July 25.
The organization presents this prestigious award to the Texas band that has consistently produced an exemplary band program for an extended period of time. One high school and one middle school are chosen each year.
For more than 40 years, the Duncanville High School Band program has been considered a model for other high school programs throughout the state of Texas and the United States. The band program flourished under the leadership of directors Dr. Tom Shine (1980-2010), Brian Merrill (1983-2003), Jeff King (1988-2015) and David Brandon (1996-present).
The Duncanville High School Wind Ensemble has been the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 20 Honor Band every year since 1980 and has placed in the State Finals ten times. The Wind Ensemble was selected as the 1998, 2004 and 2008 TMEA 5A Honor Band, making it the only band to win three 5A Honor Band awards. Most recently, the Wind Ensemble was the second runner up in the 2019 6A Honor Band Competition. The Wind Ensemble has also been invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic twice and was the featured ensemble at the All Japan Band Conference in 1998.
During those same years, the Duncanville Marching Band was awarded the ‘Sudler Shield of Honor,’ was selected as the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Champion in 1986, 1990 and 2002 and is the only large classification (5A/6A) band in Texas to advance to the State Marching Band Contest every year since 1988. The 400-member Duncanville Marching Band also received first division ratings at UIL contest for more than four decades.