Band

John MaysMeet Director John Mays

John Mays is beginning his fourteenth year of teaching and first year as Director of Bands at Rockwall High School. Prior to his Rockwall appointment, Mr. Mays taught at Clark High School in Plano ISD, Parkhill Jr. High in Richardson ISD, and Wells Middle School in Spring ISD.

During his tenure at Clark High School, the Wind Ensemble received consistent Sweepstakes Awards in University Interscholastic League competition for Superior Ratings in Marching, Concert Performance and Sight Reading.  The Clark Wind Ensemble was awarded “Best in Class” or “Best in Contest” in every festival in which they performed.  In 2013, the Clark Wind Ensemble was named National Winner in the National Wind Band Competition in both the 4A division and New Music Division.

Mr. Mays has been recognized as an Honorary Member for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council as well as being honored by the Clark High School PTA with the Life Membership Award. In 2013, Mr. Mays was nominated for Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Mays holds professional affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.  Mr. Mays maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University.

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BANDS AT RHS:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Band
  • Color Guard
  • Winter Guard
  • Drum Line
  • Front Ensemble
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Orange Wave Marching Band

AWARDS:

  • 2015 – TMEA All State Jazz Bands – Nick Messick – ranked 1st on Jazz Piano
  • 2015 – TMEA All State Jazz Bands – Nathan Mathura – ranked 2nd on Jazz Guitar
  • 2014 – State UIL – Outstanding Soloist Award Winners – Twirler Erica Kuntz, Flutist Julia Kim
  • 2014 – State UIL – 16 Gold Medalists
  • 2014 – State UIL – 13 Silver Medalists
  • 2014 – Outstanding Jazz Band – Collin Jazz Fest
  • 2013 – Superior Rating – Region 3 UIL Marching Contest
  • 2013 – TMEA All State Symphony Orchestra – Jonathan Phelps – Drums
  • 2013 – TMEA Region III All Region Jazz Orchestra – Jonathan Phelps – Drums

PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • August – November, RHS Football Games
  • October 4, Mesquite Memorial Stadium, Mesquite Marching Festival
  • October 11, Carrollton, Tournament of Champions Marching Contest
  • October 15, Mesquite Memorial Stadium, UIL Marching Contest
  • October 25, Mesquite Memorial Stadium, AREA Marching Contest
  • November 2,Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium,  STATE Marching Band Exhibition
  • November 4, San Antonio, STATE Marching Contest
  • November 6, American Airlines Center, Performance at Stars Game
  • November 22, RHS Pac, All-Regional Jazz Clinic & Concert
  • December 6, Rockwall Holiday Parade
  • December 11,  RHS Pac, Winter Extravaganza Concert
  • January 16, HS All-Regional Clinic & Concert
  • February 21, RHS, RHS Jazz Dinner & Dance
  • May 20, RHS, RHS Spring Concert
  • May 21, RHS , RHS Jazz Band Concert

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EVENTS 2015:

We are very excited to announce that out of 18 schools with students competing at the 9th Grade All-Region contest this past Saturday, Rockwall HS had the 4th highest number of students make the 9th Grade All-Region Band! Rockwall HS had 8 students make the 9th Grade All-Region Band with 3 students making an alternate position.

Please help us congratulate the following students on their accomplishment:

Sarah Jackson – 1st Chair – Alto Sax
Erik Moyano – 2nd Chair – Bass Clarinet
Allison Pople – 5th Chair – Clarinet
Cole Piper – 12th Chair – Trumpet
Jacob Ashcraft – 3rd Chair – Horn
Andrea Andrade – 5th Chair – Flute
Jack Macdonald – 6th Chair – Tenor Trombone
Zack Braun – 8th Chair – Tenor Trombone
Tyler Ryan – 1st Alternate – Trumpet
Danni Loden – 2nd Alternate – Tuba
Medlot Sibhat – 6th Alternate – Tenor Trombone

I’m very proud to tell you that the RHS Jazz Bands out-performed all other schools in our region. We placed 7 students in the advanced region jazz band with an audition for the all-state band. Three students earned places in the band without taping for state. Our jazz band really sets a high standard for jazz education in our region and across the state. The students who made the band are listed and pictured below. Students with an Asterisk are moving on to the state audition. Thank you all for your continued support.

Aren Moore* – Alto Sax
Noahie Valk *– Tenor Sax

Brendyn Vera – Tenor Trombone
Miles LuVisi – Bass Trombone (not pictured)

Alex King *– Trumpet
Ryan Rhode* – Trumpet

Nick Messick* – Piano
Nathan Mathura* – Guitar
James Matthews* – Drumset
Trey Efeney – Bass Guitar

Jazz Band

Michael Jones