FISD Marching Bands Impress at State

Wakeland Band on Field at 2021 State UIL Contest

Congratulations to the Wakeland High School marching band that placed fourth in the UIL State Marching Contest earlier this week at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Bands from Lebanon Trail, Lone Star and Wakeland left in bus caravans on Sunday to prepare for the 5A preliminaries on Monday in which they all performed in hope of advancing to the finals on Tuesday. A total of 33 bands from across Texas competed in the prelims competition.

The color guard, musicians, student leaders,directors and parent volunteers spent countless hours over the past few months preparing for the UIL competition. During every step of the performances, each band showed a superb level of precision and artistry that showcased the powerful fine arts programming available through Frisco ISD.

Lebanon Trail’s performance of “Sleeping Beauty” was memorable, featuring huge prop beds that were used to tell the story.

The marching band is led by Director Kelly Wykoff and Assistant Directors Matthew Schaul, Mikaela Probst and Rob Parks. The directors are supported by four drum majors that are proud to lead the band. Learn about the Lebanon Trail drum majors and why they value the band.

The Lone Star band’s “Hyde and Seek” performance depicted the story of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and included a wide variety of musical selections that included everything from Bach to Radiohead. 

The marching band is led by Director Mark Poole and Assistant Directors Tim Hickman, Colin McKelroy and Emilio Monreal. The directors are supported by four drum majors. Learn more about what drives the Lone Star drum majors.

The Wakeland band advanced to the finals on Tuesday for their “Dark Waters” performance. From the band uniforms to the artistic movements, students conveyed the beauty and power of water. They competed against 11 other bands and placed fourth in the finals. 

The Wakeland band is led by Director Tanner Smith and Assistant Directors Elizabeth Rivera, Daniel Berard and Brian Teed. The directors are supported by five enthusiastic drum majors. Learn more about what motivates the Wakeland drum majors.

“While the artistry and power of the Frisco ISD bands at state is memorable, it is the sense of community that stands out to me,” said Pete Hazzard, managing director of fine arts. “Each student, staff and parent who was there can speak to the sheer pride of cheering on every Frisco ISD band at State. 

“While it was a competition, it was also a show of unity of Frisco ISD fine arts across the District.”

While the UIL Marching Contest is over, marching season is not. The marching bands will continue to perform during the halftime shows at upcoming football games. 

Purchase tickets to catch the bands in action under the Friday night lights.

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