VHS Band Ensembles

Marching Band

The Marching Band at Vandegrift High School is one of the largest student organization on campus with 250 students involved. The Marching Band consists of students from all concert bands, as well as the Vision Dance Company. Marching Band begins with a mini-camp in May, followed by summer band during the month of August, which all participants are require to attend. Once school starts the Marching Band rehearses three times a week and performs at pregame and halftime of all football games. The Marching Band competes in 6-8 competitions on Saturdays during the fall in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and Bands of America (BOA) circuits.

Conductor: Mike Howard

The Wind Ensemble features the finest musicians in the Vandegrift band program. The Wind Ensemble begins meeting during the 3rd Six Weeks and is made up of students from all grade levels. The Wind Ensemble performs the finest wind literature and continues the development of refined, professional skills. The Wind Ensemble will perform many concerts throughout the school year and during the month of April is a participant in the TMEA UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. This select group will also participate in outside musical opportunities when they present themselves. Members of this ensemble are highly encouraged to study privately with our adjunct faculty. Additionally, these students are required to provide professional concert critiques, and participate in UIL solo and ensemble and TMEA region band events.

Wind Ensemble

Symphonic Winds

Conductor: Katie VanDoren

The Symphonic Winds is one of four concert bands in the Vandegrift High School band program. The Symphonic Winds begins meeting during the 3rd Six Weeks and is made up of students from all grade levels. The Symphonic Winds focuses on refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature of a higher difficulty level. The Symphonic Winds will perform many concerts throughout the school year and during the month of April is a participant in the TMEA UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. Members of this ensemble are highly encouraged to study privately with our adjunct faculty. Additionally, these students are required to provide professional concert critiques, and participate in UIL solo and ensemble and TMEA region band events. Conductor: Stephanie Grote The Concert Band I is one of four concert bands in the Vandegrift High School band program. The Concert Band begins meeting during the 3rd Six Weeks and is made up of students from all grade levels. The Concert Band focuses on developing and refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature. The Concert Band will perform many concerts throughout the school year and during the month of April is a participant in the TMEA UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.

Conductor: Dustin Tharp

Concert Band I is one of four concert bands in the Vandegrift High School band program.  The Concert Band begins meeting during the 3rd Six Weeks and is made up of students from all grade levels.  The Concert Band focuses on developing and refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature.  The Concert Band will perform many concerts throughout the school year and during the month of April is a participant in the TMEA UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.

Conductor: Katie VanDoren

Concert Band II is one of four concert bands in the Vandegrift High School band program. The Concert Band begins meeting during the 3rd Six Weeks and is made up of students from all grade levels. The Concert Band focuses on developing and refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature. The Concert Band will perform many concerts throughout the school year and during the month of April is a participant in the TMEA UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.

Concert Band I &  Band II

Jazz Band

Conductor: Mike Howard

The Vandegrift High School Jazz Band is an extension of the band program that meets during the Spring Semester.  The ensemble consists of students who are members of the band program.  Entrance into the Jazz Band requires an audition and is made up of traditional jazz instruments including: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drum set and other instruments as needed.  The Jazz Band performs numerous concerts throughout the year and participates at festivals across the state of Texas.