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Argyle band takes 'marching to new level'

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Less than a month after receiving the Texas 2014 Exemplary High School Band Program award, the Argyle High School band has already begun preparing for the upcoming marching season.

This is the band’s first time to win this award presented by the Texas Bandmasters Association. The award is given to only one middle school and one high school district in the state.

Kathy Johnson, Argyle Director of Bands, accepted the award in July at the Texas Bandmasters Association conference in San Antonio.

According to Johnson, the association keeps an eye on band’s accumulated performances throughout the year.

She says the band does not go out looking to win prestigious awards such as this one, but concentrates on maintaining a great staff and training great students.

“They (students) are taking marching to a new level and holding themselves more accountable, which is nice to see,” Johnson said. “The kids are coming into this school year with more preparation as far as playing ability and marching.”

Argyle High School band also welcomes a new assistant director of band. Asa Burk comes to the district with over two decades of teaching experience in the DFW metroplex area.

“I’m really excited about this school year because this is a great district with a great reputation. There is a lot of success and established tradition.”

To keep up with the Argyle Middle School and High School bands throughout the year, visit  http://www.argyleisd.com/band.asp.

Brianna Vela is a public information intern with the Argyle Independent School District.

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