Director’s Newsletter #15-18, December 2, 2018
Good evening everyone!
We’ve blinked and are now in December! How the year has flown by, but with many things to celebrate all year. This week isn’t any different.
Congratulations to all of our parents and students who earned the title of Favorite Band of Thursday Night Lights for the third consecutive year! The only way this happens is by having a huge amount of support, advocating for our kids every day. A special thank you to Mr. Pete Escobar who continuously pushed all of us to get our votes in. I know for a fact, many parents were voting for hours EVERY DAY to get Brandeis to the top again! The TNL crew will be coming out to school on Wednesday to present us with a check for $5,000 and tape some footage for a news story to be aired at a later time. Thank you again for being such a great family and community.
Speaking of, the Bronco Band Family runs deep and wide! Two of our own, Debbie Breaux and Gary Kressbach are the official Brandeis crossing guard team taking care of ALL Brandeis students by the North entrance of the school, as they make their way by foot on campus. Nothing is greater than a parent’s love, and this is now being extended even further among our students. Thank you, Debbie and Gary!
This weekend was an EXTREMELY successful one for our band. We had 16 freshman members earn a seat in the Region 29 All-District Freshman Band. 16 was tied for the most of all schools in Region 29 and represents 20% of the entire All-District Freshman Band! We are so proud of their achievements. Listed below are the freshman by their instrument and chair earned.
Jordan Dickens, 1st
Alaina Judd, 3rd
Abigail Anders, 2nd
Luke Filyk, 4th
Skyler Roper, 6th
Olivia Boyer, 14th
James Phillips, 1st
Isabella Ortiz, 2nd
David Juro, 7th
Emma Aune, 1st
Ryan Townsend, 3rd
Jonathan Flores, 1st
Noah Aune, 2nd
Daniel Cachola, 2nd
Jad Thomas, 2nd
Aidan Musick, 7th
We also had our 54 All-District band members audition for the All-Region and All-Area Bands. Brandeis had 33 students earn All-Region Honors and 20 of those 33 earned All-Area Honors and will advance to the next round in January, with an opportunity to earn entry into the All-State Band. Both amounts of 33 and 20 were the most of all schools in Region 29! Below are the students listed by instrument, as well as the Region or Area distinction and their chair. Congratulations on a job well done!
Lisa Luo, Region, 3rd
Elise Aigner-Varoz, Area, 1st
Helen Herrera, Area, 3rd
Kayla Goodman, Region, 10th
Qin Lin, Region, 12th
Stephen Toedt, Area, 1st
Alex Hernandez, Area, 3rd
Thomas Makusky, Area, 4th
Jamie Dart, Area, 11th
Julian Johnson, Region, 15th
Calli Recore, Region, 17th
Isaac Corona, Region, 29th
Jaselle Reginaldo, Area, 4th
Michael Kressbach, Area, 1st
Andrew Schofield, Area, 1st
Logan Francesco, Area, 2nd
Ian Aigner-Varoz, Area, 3rd
Kyle Owens, Area, 6th
Grant Owens, Area, 8th
Leo Filyk, Area, 10th
Ben Walls, Area, 3rd
Sam Blanton, Area, 7th
Hailey Ginn, Area, 8th
Oscar Rivera, Region, 9th
Jonathan Kressbach, Region, 8th
Nathan Mendoza, Region, 12th
Caelan Matthews, Area, 1st
Jared Barry, Region, 5th
Diego Mullin, Region, 6th
Elias Leal, Area, 4th
Robert Dominguez, Region, 8th
Connor Castillo, Area, 2nd
Andrew Flores, Region, 7th
In addition to these students performing in the All-Region and Honor ensembles in January, some have been selected to perform in the All-Region Orchestra this weekend. These students are picked based on instrumentation required and is not based on a separate audition. If your student has been selected for the All-Region Orchestra, they will have a sectional to attend on Tuesday evening, at Clark HS from 7 pm - 9 pm. This sectional is REQUIRED. The full rehearsals and concert will be at Clark HS as well. Rehearsal will be on Friday, from 6 pm - 9 pm, and Saturday from 9 am - 4:30 pm with a lunch break. The concert will be on Saturday at 5 pm. A letter with full details regarding this has been placed in those students music folders and they will be passed out tomorrow morning. Protocol regarding transportation to the playoff game for those students participating is listed below.
Congratulations to Coach Branscom and the entire football staff and student leaders on their exciting win yesterday over Brownsville Hanna. Round 4, the Regional Final, will be on Saturday, at 6 pm at the Alamodome. Brandeis will be the home team, hosting Austin Westlake. Tickets for the game will be sold Wednesday - Friday, from 11:30 am - 2:15 pm in the Brandeis Cafeteria. Prices are TBA at this time. Students participating in the Region Orchestra concert will have a bus waiting for them at Clark, to take them to the Alamodome to join the rest of the band for the game.
We have just a couple of hundred Bronco Cards left for sale. If you know of anyone interested in purchasing cards, please let me know and I’ll be happy to get cards to you. There is still so much value to be saved with the use of our Bronco Card so please continue to push so that we can reach our goal to sell out!
All band fees are due at this time. If you owe any fees, please send them via cash or check with your student. Your student should turn fees into me, so that I may record your payment. If you have any questions regarding your balance, please send me an email and I will get you an updated balance.
On Thursday, we will be taking our Band Panoramic during marching band rehearsal at 7:30 am. Please be sure that students show up prepared to put on their uniform for the photo. The picture will be completed prior to the start of school, and students will have ample time to arrive to class on time.
Lastly, over Thanksgiving break, a couple of announcements were made regarding the addition of Mr. Jude Boughton and Mr. Jeremy Spicer as Co-Program Coordinators of our Marching Band Design Team for 2019 and beyond. We have currently agreed in terms with a new Drill & Visual Designer and Music Arranger, whom will be announced soon. We are already in the works of designing the marching band show for 2019. The type of meticulous planning that is required for a successful program is of utmost importance to put the students in a position to be successful. Furthermore, it is our responsibility as teachers to find the best designers possible for our program and contract them to be a part of our team to provide the best possible product for our students. Please know that putting each of our students in a position to be successful, congruent with their skill set, will always be a priority for us.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Daniel.Asgari@nisd.net
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
12/3/18 - Monday - Brandeis Full Orchestra Rehearsal, 1st Period
12/4/18 - Tuesday - Jazz Combo, 7:30 am
12/4/18 - Tuesday - Stinson/Elementary School Petting Zoo, 8:35 am - 9:15 am
12/4/18 - Tuesday - Jazz Brass & Saxes, 4:30 pm
12/4/18 - Tuesday - JV Winterguard Rehearsal, 4:30 pm - 6 pm
12/4/18 - Tuesday - Region Orchestra Rehearsal, 7 pm - 9 pm
12/5/18 - Wednesday - Brandeis Full Orchestra Rehearsal, 7:30 am
12/5/18 - Wednesday - TNL Taping, TBA
12/5/18 - Wednesday - Varsity Winterguard Rehearsal, 4:30 pm - 6 pm
12/6/18 - Thursday - Marching Band Rehearsal & Band Panoramic, 7:30 am
12/6/18 - Thursday - BLT Meeting, 4:15 pm
12/6/18 - Thursday - Jazz Brass & Saxes, 4:30 pm
12/6/18 - Thursday - Varsity Winterguard Rehearsal, 4:30 pm - 6 pm
12/7/18 - Friday - Pep Rally, 7 am
12/7/18 - Friday - Region Orchestra Rehearsal, Clark HS, 6 pm - 9 pm
12/8/18 - Saturday - Region Orchestra Rehearsal & Concert, Clark HS, 9 am - 4:30 pm, 5 pm Concert Start
12/8/18 - Saturday - Football - Brandeis vs. Austin Westlake, Alamodome @ 6 pm