Killeen ISD is a Best Community for Music Education

KISD All-Star BandIt’s been a big year for Killeen ISD Fine Arts – a big year with a big, melodious sound for all to hear and to applaud.


For the third year in a row, KISD earned a Best Community for Music Education Award from the National Association for Music Merchants.


Fine Arts Director Karen Marshall said KISD is one of just 975 districts across the nation to earn the high status.


Criteria include music education funding, facilities, student-teacher ratios, course offerings, awards, community support for music, teacher qualifications and student participation, among other factors.


Marshall praised the KISD administration and board, as well as music teachers and directors across the district to bring the national honor to fruition.


According to the NAMM Foundation, “Your collective efforts - teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders - have been instrumental in making music part of a well-rounded education for every child.


“We applaud your community's unwavering commitment to creating an environment where each child can learn and grow with music.”


Looking back at the school year, the music highlights are numerous, call it a best-hits list.


In November, just before Veterans Day, the district presented its first-ever student All-Star Marching Band composed of top student musicians from each high school band.

Spirit Spectacular combines high schools, middle schools


The 280 band members marched into the Harker Heights High School auditorium from the rear entrances, took their places along the sides and in the aisles during the KISD Salute to Veterans event.


The evening ended with the combined band playing a stirring arrangement of “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The All-Star Marching Band also performed during the Killeen Veterans Day Parade.


In September, the annual Spirit Spectacular was more spectacular than ever when

KISD’s five high school bands and 11 middle school bands performed together at Leo Buckley Stadium.


The finale included more than 1,100 musicians spread across the stadium turf.


In February, the best high school musicians in the state gathered in San Antonio for the annual Texas Music Educators Association convention.


Four Harker Heights High School students performed with the All-State Orchestra. Sophomores Alexander Kim and Rebekah Koh, junior Wonkuk Lee and senior Hanah Kim made up that group.

HH choir sings at state event


Another four Harker Heights choir students and two Chaparral High School choir students performed with the All-State Choir.


The group included senior Edgar Diaz and sophomore Zachary Repine from Chaparral High School, as well as Elena Bryan, Mattais Fragoso, Benjamin Saban Contreras and

Jaedon Trevino of Harker Heights High School.


In the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center ballroom with all eyes watching, the Harker Heights High School Master Singers mixed choir performed as an invited guest choir.


They were one of two varsity mixed choirs to perform at the statewide event and the fifth KISD choir ever to receive the elite invitation.