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About the band
The Plano East Senior High Band is one the largest student organizations at Plano East Senior High. There are 4 concert bands, a jazz ensemble and percussion class (fall semester only) that meet during the school day. Each band is team-taught, with multiple directors assisting throughout each rehearsal. Private lessons are available for any student during their band class and at other times throughout the school day for a fee. In addition to band classes, there are multiple opportunities for participation in other individual and ensemble performances including All-Region/All-State, Solo & Ensemble, East Plano Chamber Winds and Brass, percussion ensemble and winter guard. It is the goal of the Plano East band program to provide a balanced and well-rounded music education curriculum for all students.
The Plano East Band program has been honored by the American School Band Directors Association with the Dale C. Harris Exemplary Band Program Award. The Plano East Wind Ensemble has been selected as a Honor Band Finalist by the Texas Music Educators Association and a featured performing ensemble at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. The Wind Ensemble has been recognized as a National Winner by the National Wind Band Honors competition sponsored by the Foundation for Music Education on numerous occasions. In 2017, the Plano East Band Program was awarded the Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction by Phi Beta Mu International for exceptional merit and achievement.
All students in the PISD participate in marching band as part of the district curriculum. The Plano East Marching Band has advanced to the UIL State Marching Band Contest on five occasions. The marching band has also participated in marching festivals where it has received many caption awards and been named “Best In Class”. In 2012, the Plano East Marching Band was awarded the Sudler Shield by the John Philip Sousa Foundation which recognizes outstanding high school marching band for world class excellence.
All of the concert bands participate in the University Scholastic League Concert and Sight Reading Contest along with invitational festivals throughout the United States. The concert bands are consistent winners of the UIL Sweepstakes Award for Superior Ratings in Concert Performance and Sight Reading. The Wind Ensemble has earned the UIL Sweepstakes Award for Superior Ratings in Marching, Concert Performance and Sight Reading every year since the school opened in 1981. All of the concert bands have earned numerous “Best In Class” awards at nationally adjudicated festivals in Texas and throughout the United States. In 2015, the Plano East Wind Ensemble was awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Students interested in the jazz idiom have the opportunity to further their musical experience as a member of the Plano East Jazz Ensemble. Membership to this ensemble is by audition held each spring. Students participate in the Texas Music Educators Association Region Jazz auditions during the fall.