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High School Band


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Tanner Smith

Performer Details

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The Wakeland High School Wind Symphony is one of four concert ensembles at Wakeland High School. The Wind Symphony is consistent UIL sweepstakes winners and a 2018 Foundation for Music Education National Wind Band Honors National Winner. The Wakeland High School Band serves over 240 students year-round through many performing ensembles including marching band, concert bands, jazz band, pit orchestra, full orchestra, brass choir, percussion ensemble and chamber ensembles. Band students spend time in the fall semester working on the annual marching band production as well as developing as individual musicians through the Texas All Region, Area and State audition process. Throughout the school year students are challenged as ensemble and individual musicians through the performance rigor of spring semester with ensemble concerts and solo and ensemble contests. The Wakeland High School Band is proud to work with students coming to us from the Cobb Middle School and Griffin Middle School band programs. Wakeland High School is named for Justin Wakeland, who served as the superintendent of the Frisco ISD for 19 years from 1978 to 1997. Wakeland High School is a part of Frisco Independent School District located in Frisco, Texas.

Wakeland HS Wind Symphony

Conductor's Bio

Tanner Smith is in his eighth year as a music educator. In 2016, he joined Wakeland High School as Director of Bands. Prior to his appointment at Wakeland High School, Mr. Smith was the Associate Director at Independence High School in Frisco, TX and Allen HS in Allen, TX. At Wakeland his responsibilities include the Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Wakeland Brass Choir and overall program direction. He also assists with Concert Bands I and II, as well as the Symphonic Band, Middle School ensembles. As the Director of Bands, the Wakeland Band has enjoyed notable success under Mr. Smith’s instruction including: UIL Sweepstakes Awards, Foundation for Music Education 2018 National Wind Band Honors National Winner, Bands of America Regional Finalist and Class Champions, UIL State Marching Finalist and 2019 UIL State Marching Bronze Medalist. Mr. Smith has previously worked on the Educational Team for the Music for All: Drum Major Institute and the 2013 and 2021 Bands of America Honor Band in the Tournament of Roses Parade. He currently a team member with SASI - The Leadership People and has the opportunity to work with some of the best students and programs in the country. Mr. Smith serves as the TMEA Region 24 Band Division Chair. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.

Additional Directors

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Elizabeth Lentz

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Kevin Jones

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Brian Teed