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Mabank Panther Bands The Pride is Here

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2016 All Region Band
The 47 members of the Mabank High School Band went to Kemp High School this past Monday night for the All Region Band Tryouts. Mabank had 24 students make the All Region Band and 15 of those were chosen to advance to Area Tryouts in January. There were over 500 students auditioning for these honors. Students making the All Region Band were Jack Adams, Dylan McDonald, Katelynn Messer, Gavin Lingo, Colby Kelley, William Yaws, JT Morin, Allen Thornton and Madison Griffith. The following not only made the All-Region Band but will advance to the Area Round in January: Taylr Mannon, Chesney Lowry, Bailey Graham, Tony Tovar, Austin Worley, Jake Carter, Zack Killingsworth, Colton Banghart, Jessica DuBose, Zach Moore, Sierra Rudman, Josh Moore, Dakota Hamilton, Casey Waits and Karla Fierros.
 
  • Charms Log-In information and Instructions: 

    Each member of the MISD Band has a band student activity account through the band office. Governed by the Band Department, MISD, and U.I.L., this account is used for all student-related purchases and ordering transactions of band materials, instrument repair, and accessories, as well as band trips. Students and parents are responsible for keeping each student account “in the black” through band fundraising events or cash/check payments. According to U.I.L., money that is earned through band fundraisers cannot be paid directly to the student or parent. The money is issued to each individual student account to be used on that student’s behalf only. Money cannot be transferred from one student to another except where siblings are concerned. Seniors must reconcile their accounts prior to graduation. Upon a student’s graduation, positive remaining account balances will be transferred to sibling band members.

    For account deposits, please write checks to: Mabank Band.

    For special needs, payment plans, and account information, contact the band office. The band office oversees the student accounts, and receipts are written for each financial transaction. Periodically, the band office will mail account statements home to parents to help keep them informed of the status of their student’s account.

    Online Access:

    CHARMS – MISD Band Department currently uses an internet-based program called CHARMS. Charms allows the directors a way to organize student finances and other information. Along with the director advantages, this program provides parents the opportunity to review the band calendar, obtain current band information (including this handbook), and review their child’s student activity account. To access this information:

    Go to www.charmsoffice.com and click on “Parents”

    For the school login enter:
    “mabankhsb” for high school
    “mabankmsb” for junior high or intermediate

    Your password is your child’s lunch code.

    After reaching this point, you can view your child’s account and other pertinent information.

Mabank Panther Band - Events

February 4th- UIL Solor & Ensemble @ Mesquite HS

February 8th-11th- TMEA (San Antonio)

February 17th- No School, Comp Day

February 27th- High School pre UIL concert; auditions at 6:30 p.m.

March 1st-2nd- HS UIL Concert & SR @ Canton HS

March 6th-10th- Spring Break!

March 23rd-Early Release @ 1:00 p.m

March 31st- JH 2nd Band Contest @ Kemp HS

Band Personnel

  • Jeff DuBose - Director of Bands. Mr. DuBose is a 1978 graduate of Malakoff High School. In High School, Mr. DuBose was Drum Major and a three year member of the TMEA All State Symphonic Band of which he was the Principal Trombone two years. He was also a three year First Division winner at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest and named Outstanding Performer on Trombone his Junior and Senior years. In 1977-78 he was named to the McDonalds All American Band and performed with the Band in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. His private teacher in High School was Dr. Neill Humfeld of East Texas State University.

    Mr. DuBose attended the University of Texas at Austin and Graduated in 1983. During his time at UT he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Choir and the UT Jazz Orchestra. He was a solo performer with the UT Symphony in 1981 and the Wind Ensemble in 1983. His trombone teacher at UT was Mr. Donald Knaub.

    Mr. DuBose is now working on his 29th year as a Texas High School Band Director and has been a Head Band Director 28 years in Class 2A, 3A and 4A. During that time he has served as an Assistant in Fredericksburg and Head Band Director in Cross Roads, Luling, Industrial, Santa Fe, Flour Bluff and now in Mabank. At Industrial High School, his bands made appearances at the State Marching Contest in 1995, 1997, 1998 and were finalists in 1997. The Industrial Band was also named the TMEA Honor Band Award Winner in 1998 and performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio that same year. They were also ATSSB Outstanding Performance Winner in 1997. Mr. DuBose was named Director of Bands at Santa Fe High School in 1998. The Santa Fe High School Band went on to make the State Marching Contest in 1999 and 2001. As well as U.I.L. Sweepstakes award winners all 3 years. In Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi), the Band was a consistent winner in U.I.L. and in 2006 all six competing bands received a First Division in their U.I.L. Concert Performances. Also in 2006, the Wind Ensemble was named Outstanding Overall Performance at the Big D Classic in Dallas.

    In the Spring of 2006, Mr. DuBose was named Mabank ISD Director of Bands. Since that time the Mabank High School Varsity Band has earned a UIL Sweepstakes Award 5 of the 8 years Mr. DuBose has been their director. The Mabank HS Marching Band was Area Marching Finalist in Class 3A Area B Marching Competition in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In 2007, the Wind Ensemble was awarded an Outstanding Performance Citation through the National Windband Honors Project. Only one other band received this honor in High Schools with 1000 students or less. The Mabank High School Wind Ensemble has received 1st Division Awards in UIL Concert and Sightreading for the past 4 years. Mr. DuBose is married and has two daughters. His wife Nikki is a 4th grade teacher at Athens Intermediate School.
  • Rachel Scotchmer - Director of Junior High/Intermediate Bands.  Mrs. Scotchmer is in her 30th year of teaching. Her directing responsibilities include administrating the Junior High and Intermediate  band programs, conducting the Mabank Jr. High Honors and Concert Bands, and assisting with the High School bands, Jr. High Symphonic Band, and Beginner Low Brass classes at Mabank Intermediate.

    Previous to Mabank, Mrs. Scotchmer was the Athens Middle School Head Director for six years. Under her direction the Athens MS Symphonic Band has received Superior ratings from the U.I.L. Concert and Sight-reading as well as receiving the U.I.L. Sweepstakes award in 2007, a first in the history of the school. The Athens MS Symphonic Band was also awarded the ATSSB. 2007 Outstanding Performance Series CC March State Winner. The Athens MS Symphonic Band continued to receive Superior Awards and named as a State Finalist in the OPS for the rest of her tenure in Athens I.S.D. Prior to teaching in Athens, Mrs. Scotchmer taught for eleven years in Humble I.S.D., six of those years at Kingwood Ninth Grade as Director of the Freshman Band and assistant with the Kingwood HS band program, and the remaining five years as Assistant Director at Riverwood Middle School. During her tenure at Humble I.S.D. Mrs. Scotchmer’s bands received consistent U.I.L. Sweepstakes Awards as well as Superior ratings and Best in Class awards from several festivals. Early teaching years were three years in Newton I.S.D. and five years in Colmesneil I.S.D. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Sam Houston State University. While at SHSU she studied oboe with Louis Ruttenberg. She was also a member of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Ralph Mills.

    Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Association of Texas Small School Band, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. She and her husband Mark have two wonderful sons, Daniel and Joseph. The Scotchmers reside in Athens and are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Athens. 
  • Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Lawrence Firmin is in his eighth year as a Band Director. He received his Bachelors of Music Education in 2007 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his Masters of Music with a concentration in Instrumental Conducting in 2012. After graduating in 2007, He spent three years teaching in Acadia Parish Schools at Rayne High School followed by Crowley High School in Louisiana. In the fall of 2012 he started at Cayuga ISD in Cayuga, TX where he spent time there running the 5th grade music and the 6th-12th grade band programs.  He is very excited to share his talents and love of music with the students here at Mabank as the new Assistant Director.  Please feel free to contact him at ljfirmin@mabankisd.net 
  • Eric Boyett - Mr. Boyett is currently an assistant band director and percussion instructor at Mabank ISD in Mabank, Texas. Under his direction, the Mabank High School Drum Line has received superior rating and also awarded the "Best in Class AAA Percussion" at the Northwestern State University Marching Contest. In November 2013. The Mabank Drum Line competed at the first annual "Gulf Coast Classic" drum line competition held on the campus of Lamar University, and received second place honors in class AAA. Prior to his position at Mabank, Boyett assisted with many percussion programs throughout South Louisiana and South East Texas. He has been a staff member for both the McNeese State University and Southeast Texas Summer Percussion camps, and is also the Founder of the Cedar Creek Summer Drummin' camp hosted by Mabank High School.

    As a Performer, Boyett has been a member of the "Pride of McNeese" marching band, the McNeese Wind Symphony, the McNeese State Percussion Ensemble, McNeese Steel Band, McNeese Jazz Band, UL Lafayette Wind Ensemble, UL Lafayette Orchestra, UL Lafayette Percussion Ensemble, and the UL Lafayette World Percussion Ensemble. He has held the position of section leader for the McNeese State Drum Line in 2009 and 2010, McNeese State Wind Symphony, UL Wind Ensemble, and UL Orchestra, and was selected to perform with the CBDNA Louisiana Intercollegiate Band in 2009 and 2010, In 2010, Boyett was a featured soloist for the McNeese Percussion Ensemble at Louisiana Music Educators Association's annual conference. Outside of University activities, he has performed with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Steel Drum Duo, "The Killer B's." Mr. Boyett has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many world class percussionists such as Lonny Benoit, Troy Breaux, Travis Fife, Tom Neville, Mark Ford, Dean Gronemeier, Andrew Beall, Jeff Mills, Brian Zator, and Adam Mason.

    Mr. Boyett holds a Bachelors Degree from McNeese State University in Music Education as well as Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His primary teachers include Lonny Benoit, Troy Breaux, and Danny Devillier. Boyett is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and endorses all Vic Firth products. 
  • Adam Myers - Is the Assistant Director of Bands for Mabank ISD. He teaches beginning flute, clarinet, saxophone, directs the Junior High Symphonic Band, and also assists with the high school band. Prior to coming to Mabank, he was Professor of Woodwinds and Assistant Director of Bands at Longview ISD and Tyler Junior College. He taught applied flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone, and music appreciation. He also directed the Symphonic Band and assisted with both the Wind Ensemble and the Apache Marching Band. Before his appointment at TJC, Mr. Myers was the woodwinds chair of Tin Roof Tango, an arts in education world fusion ensemble based in Dallas. He has also performed with the South Arkansas Symphony, Irving Symphony, Plano Symphony, and Texarkana Symphony.

    After growing up in San Antonio, Mr. Myers earned his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Texas in 2001 where he was a member of the noted Wind Symphony and was named Outstanding Undergraduate in Woodwinds. In 2004, he received his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Southern Methodist University and was an Artistic Scholarship recipient each year. His teachers include Morgan King, Eric Nestler, Daryl Coad, Andy Crisanti, Paul Garner, and Helen Blackburn.

    Adam has been married to his wife Krista for 15 years. They have a 9-year-old little girl that keeps them on their toes. When they're not spending time with their daughter, they both enjoy playing with their two cats.

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