• 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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  • Band Makes State Solo and Ensemble Contest!

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 2/20/2017 5:00:00 PM

    Congrats to all of the Performers who competed in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest!


    Bryce Hast, Stephen Craid, Jackson Justus and Justin Wardlow all performed a Class 1 Ensemble, receieved a 1st division rating and advanced to the State round of competition!  Bryce also performed a class 1 solo from Memory and recieved a 1st Division rating.  He'll be performing at state as a solois! 


    Other outstanding achievements were Mackenzie Maxwell, Blaze Vicari, Rebecca Strickling, Elizabeth Infante, Kat Tarr for their Division 1 Ratings.  Congrats to all of the participants in this great year at Solo and Ensemble.  We hope to see many more individuals and ensembles advanced to state next year!

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  • CENTEX Band Recordings Available Here

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 1/30/2017

    Click on the link below and it will take you to the CENTEX website where recordings of the honor band concert are available for listening.  Enjoy!



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  • Congrats to all WMS and WHS Students on their participation at CENTEX!

    Posted by Josh Nowlin on 1/30/2017

    The Whitney Band scored an unprecedented 17 High Schoolers to make the CENTEX Honor Band and 7 Middle Schoolers.  24 TOTAL!  Wow and congratulations to all of these participants for their success.  We hope to see evven more make the band next year!

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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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