UIL Middle School Choir – UIL High School Choir – One Act Play and Kingsville Jazz Festival – What a great week-end for our directors and students!

UIL Middle School Choirs

Howell’s Results – 1,1,1 – 1,1,2 – Sweepstakes Award!IMG_5450
Stroman Results – 2,2,2 – 4,4,4

Patti Welder Results – 2,2,2 – 4,4,4

Cade Results – 3,3,3 – 4,4,4

UIL High School High Schools

West Results – 1,1,2 – 1,1,1 – Sweepstakes Award!  This one is a bit more special as this is THE FIRST Sweepstakes Award for West High School Choir!11069592_10200634328216953_1151941786_o

East Mixed Choir Results – 1,1,2 – 1,1,1 – Sweepstakes Award!IMG_5491

East Non-Varsity Treble Results – 2,2,2 – 2,2,2

Theatre One Act Play Results – East & West OAP student awards

  • All Star Acting Awards:  Olivia Carroll, McKaylah Lopez, Emily Hausemann, Austin Johnson
  • All Star Crew:  Angela Winn.
  • Honorable Mention Acting:  Jane Reynolds, Joey Ocha, Calder Meis & Hope Allison

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Congratulations to East OAP for Advancing to the next level of competition!

Performance order of UIL District 30AAAAA One Act play contest on THURSDAY, April 2nd at Gregory-Portland – Plays begin at 4pm

  • FLOUR BLUFF – “Chemical Imbalance: a Jekyll and Hyde Play”
  • ALICE – ” Maelstrom”
  • VICTORIA EAST – “don’t u love me”
  • GREGORY-PORTLAND – “The Taming of the Shrew”
  • TULOSO-MIDWAY – “These Shining Lives”
  • CALALLEN – “Anatomy of Gray”

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Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival

Results – This weekend, our fine musicians from the VEHS Jazz Band traveled to Kingsville, TX to be apart of the 48th Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival.  The two day event brought in nearly 30 bands from across the state, all with one thing in common – a love for jazz.

Victoria East received a Superior Rating, as well as 2nd place overall in class 5A competition.

The students were also treated to a fantastic clinic and concert by professional musician and world renowned jazz artist, Gordon Goodwin. Congratulations to these students on their success!

Carlos Gonzalez – Assistant Director of Bands – Victoria East HS

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VISD Orchestra recently hosted its first middle school string orchestra solo ensemble festival

A celebration from Don Orser, our head VISD Orchestra Director:

“The VISD Orchestra recently hosted its first middle school string orchestra solo ensemble festival at Stroman MS. Students from all our middle schools attended and played for judges. Each received comments about their performance with top scoring students receiving a medal. Mr. Lovelace and Ms. Ibarra each did an excellent job preparing their students. Wonderful job!!”

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Crossroads Community Band War Horses and MORE concert scheduled for Tuesday Night

Dear Friends and Family of the Crossroads Community Band

Our next concert War Horses and MORE performance on March 24th in the Welder Center.  Program is FREE to the public.  Performance starts at 7:30pm.

You are really going to enjoy this program. On the program we have musical selections of some classic band literature (those are the War Horses) combined with newer literature written for concert band (that’s the MORE) mixed in for this exciting concert.

As a tribute to some of the selections, we have some very special guest conductors for this concert.

  • Both our VISD head band directors, David Edge from East High Schooland Joshua Partida from West High School will be conducting.
  • In addition, we have retired VISD director Fred Junkin stepping on the podium to conduct as well.
  • Mr. Junkin is most widely recognized for his distinguished 31-year career with Victoria bands.
  • In 1954 he assumed the role of band director, a position he never surrendered, even after he was named Supervisor of Music for Victoria ISD in 1974.
  • His musical accomplishments include work as a musician, arranger, symphony founder, and active participant in building professional development for band directors across Texas.
  • From 1954 through 1985 when Mr. Junkin retired, his bands received excellence on every level – follow this link to read more – http://www.dws.org/education/legends/222-2014-fred-junkin

Below is a copy of the program to help spread the word of Warhorses and MORE concert on March 24th.  Hope you can join us.

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Six VISD students were selected in the regional competition to advance to the state level in VASE

Art VASESix VISD students were selected in the regional competition to advance to the state level in VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event).  The number of students who could advance to state grew this year thanks to the growth in the VASE participation as only a small percentage of students are able to earn the top spots in Texas. The six students advancing include Kati Thomas, Katie Staff and Matthew Martinez from Victoria West and Sarah Gross, Daily Olivarez, and Pauline Juraschek from Victoria East.  They will compete in the state level VASE in Dallas next month as part of a showcase of approximately 4000 artworks. The artworks will be juried in Dallas and the best of those art works will be a part of an exhibit that will travel the state ending at the Texas Art Educators conference in November, according to the regional VASE coordinator Shelly Spears from Victoria West.

Victoria East High School’s National Art Honor Society hosted a Spring Art Camp over Spring Break

Victoria East High School’s National Art Honor Society hosted a Spring Art Camp over Spring Break this year. The camp was educational as well as a fun safe place for students to be during spring break. With the NAHS Members being the Camp Leaders and teaching the Camp, the Campers participated in many different art projects incorporating many different kinds of medium. A mural with the quote “The Earth without Art is just EH” on it was painted by all the attending Campers and Camp Leaders. Everyone had a great time and we can’t wait to host next year’s Spring Art Camp.

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