Saturday, September 25, 2021

Dragons Superior at UIL Contest

DragonBandLogoOver 200 members of the Dragon Band participated in the Region 24 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, Jan. 31. The contest was held at Liberty High School in Frisco.

With 210 total entries, at the end of the day Carroll students brought home 124 individual Superior medals for solo work and 81 Superior medals for ensemble performances.

From this, 69 student soloists and 18 ensembles were certified to advance to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest (TSSEC) in Austin. That competition is scheduled for May 24 and May 30. For more information aboud TSSEC, click here.

Dragon Band Members Selected to Region and Area Bands

DragonBand_LogoThe following Carroll ISD students were recently named to the Region 24 Honor Bands. For these students this is a culmination of countless hours and multiple auditions to gain these selections.

These members of the Dragon Band will participate in the Region 24 All Region Honor Band Clinic and Concert Jan.22-23 at Heritage High School in Frisco.

Wind Ensemble selections include; Andrew Butemeyer, Bass Clarinet, Adam Horne- Trumpet.

Symphonic Band: Hannah Bronson-piccolo, Carleigh Grupe-piccolo, Thi Tran-flute, Shay Guerin-oboe, Gretchen Casel- Clarinet, Wongyeong Seong- clarinet, Ganesh Setty-alto saxophone, Hunter Black-trumpet, Christopher Cunningham-trombone, Pearce Brown- trombone.

Concert Band: Jake Nimergood-clarinet, Julian Raines-clarinet, Tien Tran-alto saxophone, Mylon Johnson-trumpet, CJ Foster- trombone, Tiger Yang- tuba.

Freshman Band: Ainsley Priakos-clarinet, Whitney Chaney-clarinet, Kyle Cantrell-tenor saxophone, Emery Green-percussion, Paul Venesky-percussion.

In addition, Hannah Bronson, piccolo, will participate along with Joshua Villarreal and Wesley Song, violin, in the Region 24 All Region Symphony Orchestra Clinic and Concert at RL Turner High School this month.

And finally, Hannah Bronson and Adam Horne were selected to advance to the Area B, All State Audition at Abilene Christian University next month.

Dragon Band Celebrates Overall Championship in New District

The Carroll Dragon Marching Band competed against 26 other bands in the 2014 Golden Triangle Classic held on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Denton.

Scoring an 887 in the preliminary rounds, the Dragon Band earned “Best in Class” and overall first place. The Dragons advanced to the Finals Competition that evening against the overall top 10 bands from prelims, holding a mere .2 point advantage over defending 2013 GTC champion Sherman H.S.

In finals, the Dragon Marching Band increased their scores in 5 of 7 categories, scoring a 910.5 to Sherman’s 905, earning the title “2014 Golden Triangle Grand Champions”.  Additionally, the Dragons earned two caption awards, which were “Best Musical Performance” and “Best Visual Performance”.

This marks the Dragon Marching Band’s first overall championship in the 5A/6A era, and the band staff is extremely proud of the students for all of their hard work.

The next competition will be Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Tournament of Champions at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. Performance is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Dragons Named to Region 24 Honor Bands

Nearly two dozen Carroll ISD students recently completed a multi-phase audition to determine placement and advancement to the Area Audition.

22 students were selected to the Region 24 Honor Bands. The Region 24 Honor Band Clinic and Concert will be January 23- 24 at Frisco Heritage, Liberty and Little Elm High Schools.

From this Hannah Bronson, a Junior who plays Piccolo will advance to the Area Audition round competition on January 11 at Abilene Christian University.

  • Hannah Bronson, Piccolo, Symphonic
  • Pearce Brown, Trombone, Concert
  • Carleigh Grupe, Piccolo, Concert
  • Mollie Danel, Flute, Concert
  • Thi Tran, Flute, Symphonic
  • Shay Guerin, Oboe, Concert
  • Julia Snook, Clarinet, Symphonic
  • Leslie Yap, Clarinet, Concert, Concert
  • Wongyeong Seong, Clarinet, Concert
  • Ganesh Setty, Alto Saxophone, Concert
  • Philip Brown, Alto Saxophone, Concert
  • Ryan Adler, Alto Saxophone, Symphonic
  • Tanner Deters, Alto Saxophone, Symphonic
  • Tien Tran, Alto Saxophone, Concert
  • Adam Horne, Trumpet, Concert
  • Christopher Weisberg, Trumpet, Concert
  • Christopher Cunningham, Trombone, Symphonic
  • Nicholas DiCapua, Euphonium, Concert
  • Tiger Yang, Tuba, Symphonic

Freshman Band

  • Avery Daly, Piccolo
  • Rebecca Neeley, Clarinet
  • Keara Hanalon, French Horn

Best of luck and congratulation to these outstanding Dragon Band members for their accomplishment.

Dragon Band Gives Best Team Performance

This past Saturday the Carroll Dragon Band competed against 26  other marching bands from the North Texas area.

Despite performing in windy, slippery conditions, the Dragon Band performed at a very high level, received excellent comments from the 7 judges, and advanced to the Finals round later that evening following a rain delay, to compete as one of the top 10 groups of the day.

In Finals the Dragon Band increased its scores in multiple categories and finished in fourth place overall and third place in their large band class rank. This is the highest finish for the Dragon Band at the Golden Triangle Classic in four years.

The Dragon Band will perform at U.I.L. at Standridge Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. in Carrollton and then compete in the Duncanville Marching Invitational against some of the best marching bands in the state of Texas the following weekend on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Dragon Band Earns Sweepstakes Award

Members of the Dragon Band participated in the Region 24 UIL Concert and Sightreading contest Thursday and Friday, April 18-19. Band director Jay Bach said each group performed with great success.

The Symphonic Band under the direction of Rebecca Bailey scored a Superior rating in concert performance and  an Excellent rating in Sightreading. The Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble, both under the direction of Ken Johnson, scored Superior ratings in Concert and Sightreading. The Wind Symphony under the direction of Jay Bach scored a Superior rating in both Concert and Sightreading. 

Based on combined performances notably, with the Wind Symphony achieving the Superior ratings in the Concert and Sightreading Contest and Dragon Marching Band receiving Superior ratings in UIL Region Marching competition in the fall, the Dragon Band was awarded the Sweepstakes Award for the 2012-2013 school year.

For more information about the Dragon Band, visit the band website or click here.

Tickets Available for Annual Band Bistro

Make plans to enjoy an evening of entertainment and dinner at the annual Band Bistro scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 inside the Carroll High School SAC.

Members of the Dragon Band will perform as guests dine on a delicious dinner provided by Pollenzo’s. There will also be a silent auction held throughout the evening. The Band Bistro is the Dragon Band’s only fund raising event and all of the proceeds are used for essential band needs that benefit all students and directors.

The Band Bistro is open to the public. All guests must make reservations before the event. Starting Monday, Feb. 4 tickets can be purchased at both Carroll High School and Carroll Senior High School front offices. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9. Tickets will not be sold at the door on the evening of Band Bistro.

Volunteers are needed, please contact Shauna Newman at to help with the Bistro and Barbara Hoffman-Hill at to help with the auction.

Holiday Shop and Raise Money for Dragon Band

Dragon Band sponsor Ooh La La! is offering Dragon Band families 10% off of purchases made through Saturday, Dec. 1 and in addition will donate 10% of the purchase total to the Dragon Band.

Just mention the Dragon Band coupon to get the discount and to support the Dragon Band.

Ooh la la! is a woman’s boutique which carries an eclectic mix of classic and fashion forward clothing, accessories, gifts, and more including a large selection of several popular brands such as Vera Bradley, Miss Me Jeans and Lolita hand-painted glassware. Ooh La La! is located at 408 S. Main Street in Grapevine, check out their web site at, or call the store at 817.329.8686 for more details. Thanks to Sylvia Helton, owner of Ooh La La!, for this generous offer and her support of the Dragon Band.