• Another Banner Year for the Whitney Band

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 3/23/2020

    Congrats to the Whitney Band for yet another record year!  We had 5 student make the region band, about 23 of you made the Centex band, our brass ensemble advanced to the state Solo and ensemble contest....

    Whew!  Not only that but out Marching Band earned its 4th consecutive superior rating at UIL Marching Contest, advanced to Area for the 2nd time ever, and advanced to the State Marching Contest for the 1st time ever last Fall!  Wow!  Go Wildcats!  

    Most recently, our Whitney Wildcat Band performed at UIL Concert and Sightreading and earned their second consecutive Varisty level Sweeptsakes...also the second ever in school history.  Congrats to these super hardworking students and go Wildcats!  The Whitney community is proud of its band students!

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  • 5 School records Beaten again!

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 2/18/2019

    Whitney Band

    Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the ATSSB Region Band Auditions, CENTEX Honor Band Auditions, & UIL Solo and Ensemble competitions!

    WMS All Region Finalists (1A-4A): Antwone Romero, Jessie Anderson, Evelyn Romero,  Jordan Walker, John Dublin, Elyse Minniear, Gavino Carranza, Gloria Mancha, Evan Holt, Canyon Massengale, Kacie Davis, Jack Lee, Jonah Cottongame, Hayden Wilcox.  (14 Total, 13 Last Year, New School Record)

    WHS All Region Finalists (1A-4A): Bryce Hasty (All State!), Tristan Gilbert, Justin McKibben, Mackenzie Maxwell, Rachel Justus, Cassie Decker, and Israel Alvarado.  (7 Total this year, New School Record)

    WMS CENTEX (1A-3A): Taylor Sabon, Nayeli Estrada (was one away), Jaycee Greene, K'Lea Fletcher, Jordan Walker, Jacy Daniel was one away, Jaden Bridgewater, Miguel Figueroa, Cailee Parker, Kari Davis, Elyse Minniear, Gavino Carranza, Nathan Mikeska, Evan Holt, Canyon Massengale on Snare and Mallets, Jack Lee, Kacie Davis, Jonah Cottongame on Snare and Mallets, Jacob Driessner, & Steven Strong. (23 Total, New School Record)

    WHS CENTEX (1A-3A): Madeline Ayers, Mackenzie Maxwell, Elizabeth Infante, Rebecca Strickling, Kylie Freeze, Cadence Bidwell, Cassie Decker on Tenor Sax and Bassoon, Carlos Garcia was one away, Bryce Hasty, Justin McKibben, Tristan Gilbert, Hayden Chiles, Ashton Garcia, Colby Hope, A.J. Zamora, Garret Watson, Mason Solorzano (ON Timpani and Snare), Jaden Solis, Coby Bollig (On Timpani and Snare), & Kaydee Fox. (23 Total, New School Record)

    WHS @ UIL Solo and Ensemble Mackenzie Maxwell, Elizabeth Infante, Rebecca Strickling, Kylie Freeze, Cadence Bidwell, Bryce Hasty, Justin McKibben, Tristan Gilbert, Colby Hope, Nathan Putnam, Garret Watson, Mason Solorzano, Jaden Solis, Coby Bollig, Billy Canfield, Mason Griffith & Kaydee Fox. (19 “1st Divisions & 15 Students to State!)

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  • WHS Band at UIL/to Perform at Cowboy's Stadium

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 10/29/2018

    Whitney Band Earns Straight 1’s/Performs in Cowboys Stadium

    Congratulations to the Whitney High School Band for a stellar Fall Season of 2018.  The Wildcat Band earned its 3rd straight Superior Rating at the UIL marching contest.  Students work hard from Summer throughout the Fall to perform their marching show entitled: “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse,”music by Aaron Hines and Josh Nowlin.  At the UIL Marching Band contest, 3 judges score bands with a rating of 1 thru 5, 1 being the highest rating, “Superior” or “Worthy of first place.” This year, the band achieved straight 1’s from all judges. 

    The band also performed at a new band competition in Madisonville, TX called “US Bands.”  The Whitney Band’s director, Mr. Nowlin, took the band to this contest hoping for a decent early season run of the show to get ready for UIL.  The band not only had a decent run, the judges loved the show! Here’s what a few of the US Bands judges had to say: “Its unique, filled with exciting sounds!”...“attention getting during every second”...”visually very cool and well executed”...”not many other bands are this prepared this early in the year.”  At the end of the day, Whitney had won 1st place in all captions, sweeping their class. Soon after, US Bands invited the Whitney Band to perform at their National Contest in Cowboys Stadium. The event was a huge success with the Wildcat Band coming in 5th place of their class. Every band that scored higher at the Nationals level was a larger band and some were larger by 100’s of members.  The percussion section won first place in their class, better than other bands that have won the state marching contest in past years.

    Though Marching season is at an end, the Wildcat Band continues to perform at various events including the 1A-4A AtSSB Region Band Tryouts, the 1A-3A Centex Honor Band Tryouts, UIL Solo & Ensemble, and UIL Concert and Sightreading.  At home, the WHS Band will perform their Christmas Concert on December 10th at WHS at 6:30, the Jazz Band on December 17th at White Bluff Chapel at 6:30, and their Spring Band Concert on May 6 at WHS at 6:30. All are welcome and these concerts are free to attend.  


    On behalf of the band, Mr. Nowlin would like to thank 4 Play Off Road, A&I Sprinklers, B&E Remodeling, Chris Auten Chiropractic, Citizen State Bank, First State Security Bank, First State Bank, Flores Barbeque, Jerry’s Auto, Keith Ace Hardware, Lake Whitney Dental, Martin Showers and Smith, Montes, Swirl My Way, White Bluff Chapel, & Whitney Eye Care for their financial support of the band this season.  

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  • 7th at Area Finals!

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 11/27/2017

    Congratulation to the Whitney Wildcat marching band for adacning further than ever at the Area D Marching Contest.  Not only did the band advance to Area for the first time in school history, the band came out 9th in prelims and climbed to 7th in Finals.  there were 24 other bands competing in the contest.  To place 7th (3 spots away from state) is a stellar record and we are already planning how to climb higher in the rankings at Area in 2019.  Next up is All REgion, CENTEX, Solo and Ensemble, and COncert and Sightreading.  Good luck to all of our awesome band students. 

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  • Band Makes History! Going to Area 2017!

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 10/23/2017 1:00:00 AM

    Congrats to the Marching Band for advancing to Area for the first time in School History!  Not only does the band advance, the band recieved straight 1's from the three judges.  Its quite an honor and everyone is so proud of our band right now.  Congratulations to all of you for your hard work!

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  • Area Itinerary 2017

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 10/23/2017

    The Area Marching contest is at the Midway High School Band Stadium.  Attached is the itinerary.Area 2017

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  • Updated Marching Show Sound File

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 6/17/2017 5:00:00 PM

    Click Below for an the Most up to date 2017 Whitney Marching Show MP3.

    Whitney Marching Show 2017

    Yes its a little tougher, but you can do it!  There's some awesomely cool technique added into the opener that will propel the band further this year as long as we all commit to working hard every day!  Remember, drink water every day and be active every day this Summer to best prepare you for the rigours of Marching Season.  See you all soon!

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  • Spring Band Concert May 1st!

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 4/15/2017 1:00:00 AM

    This year's Spring Pop's Concert will be May 1st at 6:30 in the WHS Gym.  Warm up for all WHS Band members will start in uniform at 5:45 in the band hall.  Looking forward to it!

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  • 2017 Marching Show Recording Now Available!

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 4/15/2017

    Click Here to Listen to the Entire Marching Show for 2017.  Enjoy!

    Click HERE for Whitney Marching Show 2017

    Taiko! Show by Luke McMillan

    Percussion written by Josh Nowlin

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  • Updated Spring/Summer Band Schedule

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 3/20/2017

    Please see the attached for the Updated Spring/Summer Band Schedule.

    Band Spring/Summer Schedule Click Here

    Updated 3/20

    Changes can happen as needed. 

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  • Note from Mr. Nowlin
    This is wonderfully exciting time for the Whitney Band.  In the 2017-2018 school year alone, WHS Band students have broken or tied 9 school school records.  The 2nd ever 1st Division rating at UIL Marching Contest, the First ever appearance at Marching Band Area and Area Finals contests, 21 made the Centex Honor Band, 3 Made Region Band, 2 Made Area, 1 Made All State, Brass Quartet Advanced to State, Trumpet Soloist Advanced to State, Concert Band earned 1st Ever Straight 1's on stage at the Varsity UIL C&SR Contest............it truly is a great time to be a member of the highly successful Whitney Wildcat Band.  
    As you look ahead to a future with the band, be mindful that excellence is not an easy endeavor. Hard work is never easy, but it is and always is worth it.  I encourage you to embrace the challenge.  In the Whitney Band, we truly strive for self betterment every day, not high scores or ratings.  The battle for continual self betterment is the hardest thing any of us will do regardless of how we choose to attain it.  Even then, until the final "Well Done....", we'll always be striving to be our best.  If we do that, if we really try to daily better our self, ratings and scores take care of themselves and simultaneously cease to matter.  Its a truly strange phenomenon of success.  Believe, there's more out there than UIL, CENTEX, TSSEC, the next solo, the next show......those are all fun and present new challenges every time.  The rewards of making music aren't just the trips, food, trophies, friends, fun, performing........there's so much more to it...to life.  Sign up for band-stay in band, better yourself, and find the experience that best propels you into a whole new world of beauty and fullfillment.  
    Josh Nowlin 
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