It becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Another “Side-by-Side” program – A great success for VISD Fine Arts students

imageVISD Fine Arts Teachers have started another great partnership with our professional talent in Victoria.  Our side-by-side program is designed to allow our students to partner up with professional musicians / actors / dancers and artists as events present themselves in and around Victoria.  Our latest partnership is with Theater Victoria’s Beauty & The Beast showing this week through Sunday.  Scott Mohon, Executive Director at Theatre Victoria, approached VISD with this partnership as the company moved its production over to the Victoria Fine Arts Center.  It was a natural partnership to allow those students interested to participate in all facets of the production.

Mr. Wachtel and the VISD Fine Arts teachers were involved in the process of organizing 18+ students to rehearse and perform alongside the professionals on lighting / sound / stage props / costuming / and pit musicians.

Many thanks to all teachers and students!

Beauty & The Beast runs through Sunday – See the latest news in our paper

We want to welcome Joshua Partida, New Director of Bands for Victoria West High School

_20140622_133950Joshua Partida is the new Director of Bands of the Victoria West High School “Band of Warriors” starting this school year 2014-15. Prior to this position, Mr. Partida has been the Director of Bands in the Edna Independent School District. He is currently in his 6th year of teaching and is a native Victorian.  Upon graduation from Stroman High School, Mr. Partida earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  While in Kingsville, he was a trumpet section leader in the Wind Ensemble, trumpet section leader in The Jazz Band I and the Head Marching Tech for The Javelina Marching Band (08).

During his time in Edna, he had consistent Superior Ratings at the Region Marching Contest and has taken the EHS Cowboy Band to two consecutive Area Marching Finals.  For the first time in the School’s history, the Cowboy Band was a participant at the State Marching Contest in 2012. Under his baton, the Edna Band Program (6th-12th grade) has earned multiple Sweepstakes Awards and Superior/Best in Class Awards at festivals across Texas.

Mr. Partida has been married to his high school sweetheart, Miranda, for 5 years. Mrs. Partida is the Head Director at Cade Middle School.  The Partidas have an awesome dog named Dee who is spoiled rotten, but the pride and joy in their lives is Ella, their daughter. She, as any parent would know, has become their entire life.

In his free time, Mr. Partida enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys, the San Antonio Spurs and the Texas Rangers. He also loves to travel with his family, but his most favorite thing is being a good dad to Ella.

Mr. Partida’s professional affiliations include: the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association and the Texas Jazz Educator’s Association.

UIL STATE Outstanding Soloist – Alan Olmos

20140524_132014Please congratulate Alan Olmos as he was selected as a UIL Outstanding State Soloist. Out of hundreds of students a judge listens to over the two day state contest, the judge selects only one student, and Alan received this honor.

Titan Pride and God’s Blessings,

David Edge
Director of Bands
Victoria ISD Band Facilitator
VEHS Fine Arts Department Head

To see off the results click here

Thank you, Mr. Edge, and to the whole community of Victoria East High School. These past two school years, my son has not only received positive recognitions on his passion for music, but also all the support and motivation from his teachers and peers. He is a confident young man with a mind set on a college career in music education!

Thank you,
Irene Olmos
Spanish II Teacher
Victoria East High School