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Highland Park High School Band New Member Information Last Update: 1.4.22

Welcome to the Highland Park High School Band!

The Highlander Band is an organization that represents the Highland Park Independent School District at local, state, and national levels. We believe in inclusion and community with a relentless pursuit of excellence in all we do. WHATEVER IT TAKES!

When you join the HPHS Band you are going to be a part of something GREAT. We are excited to help provide you with a place to continue playing music with friends. Pursuing excellence through fun music-making experiences can be a game changer for you!

Everything you've learned in middle school band will have prepared you to have an amazing experience in high school band. We will work with you to schedule around conflicts with other school activities and want you to be successful here at HPHS!

Participation in the HPHS Band fulfills your Fine Arts AND P.E. credit!

State of the art facilities

Concert Bands

Bands at Highland Park High School meet everyday either 1st, 2nd or 3rd Period. We offer three different levels of bands - a place for everyone to succeed at their level!

Bands include the WIND SYMPHONY, SYMPHONIC BAND & CONCERT BAND.

The Concert Bands at HPHS perform advanced high school to college-level literature annually at UIL Concert & Sightreading Evaluations, as well as local invitational contests.

The Wind Symphony is a nationally-recognized ensemble by the Foundation for Music Education (Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors NATIONAL WINNER) and two-time TMEA State Honor Band Finalist, finishing 2nd in 2019.

Interested in Jazz Band? We have one that meets after school weekly and performs twice a year.

JAZZ BAND
2021 UIL 5A State Marching Championships

The UIL State Marching Band Championships are held every other year, depending on classification (odd numbered years for our current classification, 5A). In 2017, 2019 and 2021 the Highlander Band advanced to not only the State Championships at the Alamodome in San Antonio, but advanced to the finals, finishing 2nd in 2019 and 5th in 2021. We look forward to our pursuit of ANOTHER back-to-back state-level performance in the fall of 2022 as we join the 6A classification!

Marching Band

Marching band happens from the end of July to the beginning of November. Everyone is involved during all of our Friday Night Varsity football game performances. Being a part of Friday Night Lights while we support our Scots Football team in Highlander Stadium and away games is a lot of fun!

Marching Band serves as a vehicle for students to CONNECT and CREATE with each other in a manner unlike any other art form. Human connection and the ability to create are the true values of the activity. Marching Band is an ATHLETIC ARTISTIC ACTIVITY that is ALL-INCLUSIVE of the entire band program.

All students have the opportunity to earn competitive marching drill spots (Varsity Block) in the fall show for marching band contests that happen in October & November. The JV Block participates at all contests as a visual component of the show.

The Highlander Marching Band participates in 3-4 local marching festivals as well as the annual regional UIL Marching Contest, which results in advancement to Area and State in even-numbered years for 6A schools. We will (for the first time in 2022) conclude our marching season in San Antonio at the Alamodome for the Bands of America Super Regional Contest before hopefully performing at the UIL State Marching Championships (should we advance).

ALL students are involved, no one is benched, no one is cut! IN BAND, EVERYONE PERFORMS!

Stadium rehearsal

Important Dates

Band 101

Tuesday, January 18 at 6:00 PM at HPHS. Our 8th grade band students will get the opportunity to rehearse and socialize with the HPHS Band students (in the HPHS Band Hall) while parents attend an informational meeting (in the HPHS Orchestra Room), ending with a performance from the students! You'll get to hear the full band, drumline, jazz band, and see the Color Guard! Look for emails and details forthcoming.

New Member Marching Camp

Monday, April 25 through Thursday, April 28 from 4:00-6:00 PM at HPHS. All 8th grade band students will learn and review basic marching fundamentals. Current high school students trying out for a Band Leadership Team (BLT) position will also be in attendance, our older students will get to help the younger students. This is fun and easy! We will break everything down step by step, just like how you learned to play your instrument. This is also the start of our teamwork and fellowship development.

Marching Weekly Review

Tuesdays in May (3rd, 10th and 17th) 4:00-6:00 PM at HPHS.

Band Placement Auditions

Week of May 2 during your band class. Students will perform prepared music and their All-Region scales individually (in private) for the high school band directors. We will coach them through everything, so they feel confident and prepared. The 8th graders will get this music and audition details after UIL Concert & Sight-Reading.

Mini Camp (Music only)

Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, June 2 - 12:00-6:30 PM. We will work on introducing music fundamentals, our competition show music, stand tunes, the fight song, alma mater, and other important high school songs before summer on marching instruments. We will conclude with an End of Mini Camp Performance on Thursday June 2 at 7:00 PM in Highlander Stadium!

The Mini Camp is our first time together as the 2022 Highlander Band. Attendance is very important and critical as we begin our preparations for the UIL 6A classification, and our quest to advance to the 6A State Marching Championships for the first time in school history!

SUMMER BAND CAMP

  • Percussion begins Monday, July 18 (and continues to the start of school)
  • Woodwind & Brass begin Monday, July 25 (and continues to the start of school)

It is VERY important that all students be back in town and in attendance for the SUMMER BAND CAMP dates listed above. We typically learn about HALF of our competition show during this summer band time prior to school starting.

Indoor Facility Rehearsal

Meet the Band Directors

Mr. Reberger (2nd from left), Mr. Guidry (center), Mr. Gordon (4th from right) & Mr. Martinez (far right)
Our 2021 Production: SUGAR RUSH!

Graduation Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Can students do sports and band?

Absolutely! We currently have students who are in both band and football (freshman football is common, and we've had VARSITY FOOTBALL players in band as well!), volleyball, wrestling, cheer, baseball, softball, dance, basketball and more. We work really well with the coaches and counselors to make class schedules and rehearsal/practice schedules work for each student. You can continue your other activities AND be in band!

IF YOU THINK THERE'S A CONFLICT PREVENTING YOU FROM BEING IN HIGH SCHOOL BAND, YOU HAVEN'T TALKED TO MR. GUIDRY. The band staff is the most flexible staff of any HPHS organization! We do whatever it takes for people to maintain membership in the band program.

What if students are hesitant to do marching band?

Nearly all freshman are a bit anxious about the unknowns of high school including how to participate in marching band. We provide a few marching rehearsals designed for the freshman in April & May so that they can get acclimated and get a feel for what it is all about. Most students come into high school unsure about marching band, but after their first year it becomes one of the most favorite aspects of the band program! The football games, contests and camaraderie is the highlight of the year.

Remember, marching band only goes through October! It is not a full year activity.

Will band fit into an aggressive academic schedule?

YES! We have students who are planning to enter all manners of colleges and fields upon graduation. We have had many National Merit Scholar Finalists in the Highlander Band over the years. The class schedule at HPHS is designed to allow students to pursue a full schedule of classes and play in band year-long for all four years. Many of HPHS's top students are also outstanding band members, including class salutatorians and Top Ten students.

When should I expect to receive more information about end-of-summer and fall dates?

HPHS Band Directors will send out a full list of summer and fall dates likely in March. The middle school directors will also keep you updated on pertinent information!

Many important summer and fall 2022 dates are already listed!

Hear from the students!

"I love that nobody is left out of anything throughout the year, and everyone is super friendly and accepting of others. It really is like a family!" William, 10th Grade Trumpet

"The final result of all our hard work as a show is pretty amazing to see." Cole, 11th Grade Trumpet

"My favorite thing about band is the community aspect of playing music with friends. The tough times become easier and the successes are more satisfying, because through it all you have a family of people constantly pushing each other and supporting one another." Pauline, Class of 2021 Percussion

GO SCOTS! We're loud at football games!

"Band is awesome." Jackson, 12th Grade Flute & Drum Major

"My favorite thing about Marching Season overall is getting to represent the school in a positive way on and off the field." Andrew, 11th Grade Trombone

"My favorite part about band is how easy it is to make friends with people, especially people in different grades that I probably would not have met otherwise." Paige, 11th Grade Trumpet

UIL Area C Champions! We're going to State!
Close-ups from our 2022 production, SUGAR RUSH!

Social Media

Stay in touch by following our SOCIAL MEDIA accounts.

Twitter - @Highlander_Band

Instagram - @hphighlanderband

Facebook - @HP Highlander Band

Whatever It Takes!