Eagle Band notes and information
The Austin Academy Band program has over 230 students participating in daily band classes ranging in ability from beginning to advanced. Students begin their instrumental instruction in the sixth grade. Seventh and eighth grade students are either placed in Honors or Symphonic bands through an audition process. In addition to Symphonic and Honors Band, seventh and eighth graders may also participate in Pep Band and Jazz Band. A number of Austin band students are selected to participate in the Garland All-District Band.
Over the years, the Austin Academy Honors Band has won numerous awards including sweepstakes ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest and various festivals throughout the Dallas area. In 1998, the Honors Band was 4th runner-up in the CC Middle School State Honor Band Competition. In 2012, Honors Band was a finalist in the CC Middle School State Honor Band Competition. Our band finished 9th place overall in the state.
Austin's two Jazz bands were created to introduce students to jazz fundamentals and provide an outlet for creative expression. Jazz I and Jazz II meet outside the normal school day for two hours a week. Jazz II serves as a training group for potential Jazz I students. Both Bands consistently earn superior ratings at the TCU Jazz Festival. Jazz I has Performed in New York, St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Diego. Jazz I traveled to Reno, NV in Jan. 2019 as an honor group for the 10th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference.