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 The 43rd Annual FunFest at Sandy Lake Amusement Park was a “Grande” FunFest2014Graphicgood time. Let’s give a BIG hand to the “FunFest Graphic 2muchachos and muchachas that put on their Sombreros and sarapes and attended this year!!

Now, You’re going to be on the ride of your life when you hear this!  We broke every attendance record the contest has ever had!  More than 1,600 groups signed up, and over 65,000 poured into the Park to perform at FunFest 2013!

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 - $200 Gas Gift Card
Katrina Grenz, Orchestra Director
Fannin Middle School
Grand Prairie, TX

Grand Prize – $200 Gas Gift Card
Shelly Duell, Orchestra Director
Faubion Middle School
McKinney, TX

Grand Prize - $50 Gift Card to El Fenix
Melinda Garza, Orchestra Director
McDonald Middle School and Rugel and Range Combined Elementary School
Mesquite, TX

Grand Prize - $50 Gift Card to El Fenix
Bud Wis
Sam Houston Middle School
Garland, TX

Grand Prize - 2 Texas Rangers Baseball Tickets
Keith Carter, Band Director
Edison Middle School
Dallas, TX

Grand Prize - Team Autographed Basketball from the
Dallas Mavericks
Morgan Davis, Choir Director
Downing Middle School
Flower Mound, TX

FunFest 2014

THE JUDGES

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 2014!!!

BAND

March 27, 28 & 29:
Don Hanna, Fort Worth Independent School District band specialist. Retired Director of Bands, Hardin - Simmons University, Abilene, TX.
Dr. Royce Lumpkin, Chairman & Professor of Music Department, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC.
Capt. Travis Almany, Associate Director of Bands at Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.

April 3 & 4:
Dr. William D. Clark, Retired Professor of Music and Conducting, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.
Dr. Wesley Branstine, Retired Director of Bands, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR.
Dr. Rob Bailey, Associate Professor of Music (Trumpet), Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK.

April 10, 11 & 12:
John Edmondson, Composer and Arranger of Band & Educational Music, Sunrise, FL. Charles Trayler, Retired Director of Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
David Ritter, Retired Professor of Music, West Texas A & M University, Canyon, TX.

April 15, 16 & 17:
Bob Foster, Professor of Music and Assistant Chair of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
Dr. Gary Barrow, Professor of Music and Conductor of the University Brass Choir, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR.
Lt. Col. Jay O. Brewer, Associate Director of Texas Aggie Band, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.

April 24:
Dr. Doug Laramore, Retired Professor of Music, East Central University, Ada, OK.
Joe Gunn, Retired Director of Bands, Harwood Junior High School (Bedford), Arlington, TX. Ray Litchenwalter, Retired Director of Bands and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Texas at Arlington.

April 25 & 26:
Ray Litchenwalter, Retired Director of Bands and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Joe Gunn, Retired Director of Bands, Harwood Junior High School (Bedford), Arlington, TX. Dr. Ken Van Winkle, Associate Dean of Development and External Affairs, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. 2003 Music Educator of the Year, and a member of the College Band Directors National Association.
Dr. Doug Laramore, Retired Professor of Music, East Central University, Ada, OK.

April 28, 29 & April 30:
Dr. Ken Van Winkle, Associate Dean of Development and External Affairs, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. 2003 Music Educator of the Year, and a member of the College Band Directors National Association.
Ray Litchenwalter, Retired Director of Bands and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Joe Gunn, Retired Director of Bands, Harwood Junior High School (Bedford), Arlington, TX. Lt. Col. Jay O. Brewer, Associate Director of Texas Aggie Band, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.

CHOIR

May 1 & 2:
Cecile Johnson, Director of Award Winning Woodrow Wilson Elementary Choir, Denton, TX.

May 1, 2 & 3:
Woody Schober, Retired Choral Director, Irving Public Schools, Irving, TX.
Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern State University, Weatherford, OK.
Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

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

May 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10:
Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern State University, Weatherford, OK.
Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

May 6, 7, 8 & 9:
Tom Jennings, Retired Director of Choral Music, North Central Texas College, Corinth, TX.

May 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10:
Woody Schober, Retired Choral Director, Irving Public Schools, Irving, TX.

May 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17:
Woody Schober, Retired Choral Director, Irving Public Schools, Irving, TX.
Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern State University, Weatherford, OK.
Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

May 13 & 14:
Carroll Barnes, Retired Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Garland, TX.
May 15 & 16:
Ruth Millner, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Greiner Middle School, Dallas, TX.

ORCHESTRA

May 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
Bill Huff, Retired Director of Fine Arts at Arlington ISD, TX.

Linda Keefer, Retired Director of Orchestra, Arlington High School, Arlington, Texas. Angie Cimbalo, Retired Director of Orchestra at Allen ISD, TX.

 

 

 

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