MIGHTY MARSH MATADOR BAND
Director: Mr. Erik Allen
Assistant Director: Mr. Derik Daubenspeck
The Marsh is proud of its long-standing award-winning band program. For over a decade, the program has earned some of the highest contest scores in the Dallas Independent School District. Just last year, the band members earned TWO sweepstakes (overall rating of 1 by all judges, the highest score possible!). Also, since the end-of-semester ACP course exams have been given, the band program has earned some of the highest student test scores in the district, besting our feeder pattern and substantially besting district scores by double digits and competing with magnet school scores. The district does not provide school rankings for the ACP scores (but we wish it did!). Additionally, our band program consistently sends a large number of band members to the all-city band.
The band program consistently, for more than a decade, has earned superior ratings at both district and region music contests. The program has grown from 30 students to over 190 students and counting.
Our Director Erik Allen is a proud UNT alumnus with over 21 years of teaching experience and has been honored with Distinguished Teacher status in the Dallas Independent School District.
SEE OUR STUDENT PICTURES BELOW!
-Consistent superior ratings at region contests since 2006.
-Consistent superior ratings at district contests since 2003.
-Band ACP (district end-of course/semester exams) scores besting our feeder pattern and on par with magnet schools, besting district averages by double digits!
-Some of the highest yearly participation rates for band members auditioning/earning a place in the all-city band.
-Some of the highest yearly participation rates AND scores at the district's solo and ensemble event.
-First Division ratings (the highest score possible at Texas music contests) at the Sandy Lake Music Funfest for seventeen years in a row. Additionally, for thirteen of those seventeen years, the Marsh band has also brought home the "Outstanding Band" trophy.