our bands

The Argyle Middle School Band Program consists of more than 250 students in grades 6-8 and is the largest organization on campus. The Argyle Middle School Bands have a rich tradition of success, earning consistent sweepstakes awards and multiple recognitions on the state and national level

All of our beginner band students meet in like-instrument classes and progress into the three advanced bands listed below in seventh and eighth grade. In addition, our eighth graders have the option to serve a leadership role as Band-Aides in the beginner classes and serve as student leaders and help teach the beginner band students every year.

After eighth grade, our students have the opportunity to be a part of the 7 time State Champion Argyle High School Band!

Honor Winds

Honor Winds is our most advanced ensemble, designed to emphasize continued individual development in areas such as technique, tone, and music literacy through a progressive curriculum of upper middle school and high school level music literature. Honor Winds is the equivalent of accelerated math or an AP level course. Students in this band must be highly proficient on their instrument and must be willing to commit to regular rehearsal and practice time.

 

All Honor Winds students will have one 60-minute sectional rehearsal per week as well as some extra full band rehearsals throughout the year. Students in this band are required to participate in the scheduled rehearsals, concerts, pep rallies, and contests. In addition, each student will audition for the TMEA All Region Band and expected to participate in the Solo & Ensemble contest. 

It is also strongly recommended that the student participate in the district supplemental private lesson program.

Honor Winds is under the direction of Mr. Fletcher and has received Best in Class festival awards and has consistently been awarded sweepstakes at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest and the Beach Within Reach Band Festival.

 

In 2019, Honor Winds traveled to Indianapolis to perform at the Music for All National Festival.

Symphonic band

Symphonic Band is an advanced performing ensemble with students who have at least one year of experience. Symphonic Band is the equivalent of compacted math or a Pre-AP level content. Students in this band must be very proficient on their instruments and must be willing to commit to regular rehearsal and practice time. Symphonic Band students will have one 60-minute sectional rehearsal per week as well as some extra full band rehearsals throughout the year. Students in this band are expected to participate in the scheduled rehearsals, concerts, pep rallies, and contests.

 

All students are expected to participate in the Solo & Ensemble Contest. It is also recommended that students participate in the district supplemental private lesson program. 

 

Symphonic Band is under the direction of Mr. Gutic and has received Best in Class festival awards and has consistently been awarded Sweepstakes at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest and the Beach Within Reach Band Festival. 

In 2021, the Argyle Middle School Symphonic Band was the first Non-Varsity band in the history of the OPS contest to have a recording published on the CD.

Concert Band

Beginner Band

The Beginner Band is the first step in the journey as a member of the Argyle Middle School Band.  Students in the Beginner Band will enjoy instrument specific classes where they can learn to play their chosen instrument in a small-group setting.  Students will learn how to properly assemble, hold, and play their instrument in a fun and progressive course designed to teach all of the skills necessary to perform concerts for your family and friends!

 

The Beginner Band will perform several concerts throughout the first year, as well as travel to the Beach Within Reach Band Festival to compete against bands from around the state. The Beginner Band is primarily made up of 6th grade students, but special consideration can be made on a case-by-case basis for older students interested in joining band.

Supplemental private lessons are available and are recommended by the directors. You can find information about each of the different instruments by clicking HERE!

The beginner band has many best in class trophies from the Sandy Lake Band competition, and in 2021, the Beginner Band won Best in Class at the North Texas Festival of Distinction contest.

High School Band

We are a proud feeder of the Argyle High School Band. The band is the largest organization at Argyle High School and has a rich history of success in both the fall during marching season and the spring during concert season. They are the seven time UIL State Marching Band Gold Medalists and two time Silver Medalists and have won the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series in concert band numerous times.

Please click here to read more about the Argyle High School Band!

Concert band is the natural progression from beginner band. Students in this band have at least one year of experience on their instrument and must be willing to commit to regular rehearsal and practice time. Students in this band are expected to participate in the scheduled rehearsals, concerts, pep rallies, and contests.

 

All students are expected to participate in the Solo & Ensemble Contest.  It is also recommended that students participate in the district supplemental private lesson program.