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Arbor Creek Middle School Saxophone Ensemble

  • Arbor Creek Middle School opened in 1994 and serves students from the cities of north Carrollton, Plano & Frisco and is a part of the Lewisville Independent School District. With a student body of nearly 800, over 300 students participate in band ensembles including Beginner Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band & Honors Band. Emphasis in each band class is on the total musical development of the individual and the ensemble through an instructional program that focuses on tonal, technical, rhythmic, sight-reading, and ear-training skills. All students begin in the sixth grade in homogenous classes with the average beginning band enrollment of 120 students. Band students meet during the school day (for three 45 minute classes and one 90 minute class a week) & some outside school for sectionals, rehearsals, and private lessons — all vital parts of the band curriculum. Individual musical achievement and development are the cornerstones upon which the success of the ACMS band program is built. Band students at ACMS prepare and audition for the Lewisville ISD All-District Band, TMEA Region 2 All-Region Band and perform solos & ensembles at the Lewisville ISD Solo & Ensemble Contests. The Saxophone Ensemble has performed at local chamber music contests and the Houston Underground Saxophone Competition. The ACMS Honors Band has been a CC Texas State Honor Band Finalist in 2011, 2015 and finished as first runner-up in 2017. The Honors Band has also been named a National Winner for the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project for 5 consecutive years: 2014-2018. Superintendent of Schools is Dr. Kevin Rogers. Director of Fine Arts is Amanda Drinkwater. The ACMS Band is lucky to have the wonderful support of Lewisville ISD and our Hebron cluster community, administration and parents. The Arbor Creek Middle School Band PROUDLY feeds the Hebron High School Band. The Arbor Creek Saxophone Ensemble students and staff are excited about the opportunity to perform at the 73rd Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and are humbled by this prestigious honor.
  • 12/18/2019 03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Arbor Creek Middle School Saxophone Ensemble
  • Rylon Guidry
  • Mr. Rylon Guidry is entering his thirteenth year in teaching and his seventh year as the Director of Bands at Arbor Creek Middle School in Lewisville ISD, where he teaches the beginner woodwind classes, the Honors Band & Jazz Band and assists with the Symphonic Band. Previously Mr. Guidry was the head director at Lake Highlands Junior High School in Richardson ISD and associate director at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney ISD. He currently serves as the TMEA Region 2 Middle School Band Coordinator-Elect, and previously served as the Coordinator. He is also the Region 2 Representative for the Texas Bandmasters Association. Under his direction the Arbor Creek Honors Band receives consistent first division ratings at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contests and local festivals as well as Best in Class & Grand Champion awards. The Honors Band has been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project 5 consecutive years; 2014 through 2018. The Honors Band has twice placed in the TMEA CC State Honor Band Contest Finals, finishing 4th in 2015 and 2nd in 2017. In December of 2017, the Honors Band was an invited performer at The 71st Annual Midwest Clinic. While at Lake Highlands Junior High, the band program grew from under 200 to over 300 students. The non-varsity band received Sweepstakes at UIL for the first time in over 20 years and the varsity band received only unanimous first divisions at UIL and other local festivals. Mr. Guidry graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. While at the Moores School of Music, Mr. Guidry studied instrumental methods with John Benzer and saxophone with Dr. Karen Wylie. He served as Principal Saxophonist in the University of Houston Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Tom Bennett. Mr. Guidry was also a four-year member of the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band under the direction of David Bertman. Before graduating, Mr. Guidry student taught at Aragon Middle School and Langham Creek High School in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.