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 Elvis was Alive and Rockin’ at the 45th Annual FunFest at Sandy Lake Amusement Park!

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FunFest 2015 entertained over 65,000 students in band, choir, and orchestra. Directors were a big hit with their Elvis impersonations. Thanks to all of you for being good sports!

We take pride in giving students the opportunity to participate in a festival designed as a learning experience along with the fun of an amusement park and outdoor activities.

It is a proven fact that musical skills enhance academic skills and stimulate creativity in the learning process of students. The Sandy Lake Park families are proud of the fact that for years you have allowed your students to take part in the educational and recreational activities at the largest spring music festival in the country.











 Congratulations to Our Stressbuster Grand Prize Winners!!!!!!
And the Lucky Directors Are……

Grand Prize - $100 Gas Gift Card
Fred Wilmer, Choir Director
Faith Family Academy
Dallas, TX

Grand Prize – $100 Gas Gift Card
Cory Barnes, Band Director
Shepard Intermediate School
Mansfield, TX

Grand Prize - $100 Gas Gift Card
Melinda Grace Hatfield, Choir Director
Terra Vista Middle Schoo
Lubbock, TX

Grand Prize – iPod and $50 iTunes Gift Card
Ross Patterson, Band Director
Harrison Intermediate School
Wylie, TX

Grand Prize - $300 Southwest Airlines Certificate
John Gulick, Choir Director
Northlake Elementary School
Dallas, TX

Grand Prize - $300 Southwest Airlines Certificate
Christine Blue, Band Director
Puterbaugh Middle School
McAlester, OK



FunFest 2016

Music Directors from a five state area have shown their students the value of the critiques of the best adjudicators in musical education. We are pleased to present the following Judges for FunFest 2016!!!

BAND

April 8 & 9:
William Clark, Retired Professor of Music, New Mexico State University, New Mexico
Dr. Wesley Branstine, Retired Director of Bands, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR.
David Ritter, Retired Professor of Music, West Texas A & M University, Canyon, TX.

April 15 & 16:
Dr. Royce Lumpkin, Chairman & Professor of Music Department, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Rob Bailey, Associate Professor of Music (Trumpet), Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK.
Dr. Doug Laramore, Retired Professor of Music, East Central University, Ada, OK.

April 21, 22, & 23:
John Edmondson, Composer and Arranger of Band & Educational Music, Sunrise, FL.
Dr. Gary Barrow, Professor of Music and Conductor of the University Brass Choir, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR.
Dr. Johnnie Vinson, Retired Director of Bands, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

April 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30:
Lt. Col. Jay O. Brewer, Associate Director of Texas Aggie Band, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.
Joe Gunn, Retired Director of Bands, Harwood Junior High School (Bedford), Arlington, TX.
Ray Lichtenwalter, Retired Director of Bands and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.

April 28, 29, & 30:
Dr. Ken Van Winkle, Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. 2003 Music Educator of the Year, and a member of the College Band Directors National Association.

May 2, 3, & 4:
Dr. Ken Van Winkle, Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. 2003 Music Educator of the Year, and a member of the College Band Directors National Association.
Lt. Col. Jay O. Brewer, Associate Director of Texas Aggie Band, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.
Joe Gunn, Retired Director of Bands, Harwood Junior High School (Bedford), Arlington, TX.
Ray Lichtenwalter, Retired Director of Bands and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Texas at Arlington, TX.

May 12, 13, & 14:
Capt. Travis Almany, Associate Director of Bands at Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.
Charles Trayler, Retired Director of Bands, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
Joe Gunn, Retired Director of Bands, Harwood Junior High School (Bedford), Arlington, TX.

CHOIR

May 5 & 6:
Cecile Johnson, Director of Award Winning Woodrow Wilson Elementary Choir, Denton, TX.

May 5, 6, & 7:
Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern State University, Weatherford, OK.
Tom Jennings, Retired Director of Choral Music, North Central Texas College, Corinth, TX.

May 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, & 21:
Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern State University, Weatherford, OK.
Dr. Eric Posada, Assistant Director of Chorale Activities, Texas A&M University, College Station TX. Woody Schober, Retired Choral Director, Irving Public Schools, Irving, TX.

May 23, 24, & 25:
Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern State University, Weatherford, OK.
Eric Posada, Assistant Director of Chorale Activities, Texas A&M University, College Station TX.
Ruth Millner, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Greiner Middle School, Dallas, TX.

ORCHESTRA

April 15, 16, May 5, 6, 7, 16, 17, & 18th:
Bill Huff, Retired Director of Fine Arts at Arlington ISD, TX.
Angie Cimbalo, Retired Director of Orchestra at Allen ISD, TX.
Jim Frank, Retired Director of Orchestra at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas and Plano High School in Plano, TX.









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