Spring 2022 Band News
Our Sellers Band family is celebrating something pretty special and we couldn’t be prouder. We hope that you’ll take a moment and celebrate with us! The Shark Band earned a Sweepstakes at UIL. This is the first time in the history of our school for the band to earn top ratings both on stage and in sight-reading. Former students…this goes out to you! Thank you for your work raising the bar just a bit higher each year. Thanks so much to all that have helped our band grow, in particular, these past three years, and now into this year! Shout out to our amazing current and former administrators, teachers and staff for their support. Everyday our principal announces the same thing. “Motivation matters and effort produces achievement.” Our band kids believed it, bought in, and didn’t let up. They have worked hard. To see it finally pay off in this way has been truly special.
Join our band program
Find all you need to know about picking an instrument and more on our Preparing for Fall 2022 - Band page.
We look forward to having your student in our music programs for the 2022-2023 school year.
More GISD band information
Band Directors: John Knagg and Gary Burch
About the program
The Sellers University Shark Band program involves students that share an interest in instrumental music, creativity, and performing as a team. Students are encouraged to start band in the sixth grade as it takes time to gain proficiency on an instrument. Beginner Band is open to students in sixth and seventh grade and meets in classes of like instrument families. The beginner band classes combine for 2-3 annual concerts, and also perform each year at a festival.
Upon completing one year of beginning band students will audition for one our three upper bands:
· Concert Band
· Symphonic Band
· Honors Band
Each band has a corresponding level of rigor for each student. The upper bands meet as a full group each day and perform concert band literature, pop music, and use enrichment methods to prepare them for various contests and concerts throughout the year. In addition students are challenged to participate in instrument ensembles, all-district band competition, and perform solos on their instrument.
Our hope is that band students will grow as musicians and continue on in high school.
Need more information?
· Do you have questions about the Shark Band?
· Do you want to join the Band?
Please contact Mr. Knagg or Mr. Burch at (972) 494-8337 ext. 51416
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· For more information about secondary band programs in the GISD, check out the VAPA on GISD website