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For the second year in a row, GISD has been named one of the:
BEST Communities for Music Education
by the NAMM Foundation!

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 photoUIL Sweepstakes Trophyphoto of the ChoirMen's Chorus with Mr. Blake, conductor and Ms. Sheaffer, accompanist

The Ball High Men's Choir received all Ones in Concert and Sight Reading at UIL!  Congratulations to the Choir, Mr. Blake, the director and Ms. Sheaffer, the accompanist

From the Galveston Art League: The Tenth Annual City Wide Children's Exhibition was held April 3-6.  The awards will be presented at Ball High School.

The Winners are:

photoBest of Show Mikaylla Watson “Set of 4 Mugs”

photoFirst Place Rose Coleman “Fruitful Desire”

photoSecond Place Aryana Leach-Roulet “Coffee Lion”

photoSpecial Recognition Nathan Eckert “Kiwi Plate”


This just in - Ball High Women's Chorus earns rating of "Excellent" at UIL Concert Contest.

We are very proud of Mr. Blake and the Ball High Women's Chorus - Way to go!

photo of choirMr. Blake, director on the Left, Ms. Sheaffer, accompanist on the right.

The Ball High School Student Art Show
photo of invitation
will open with a reception
Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the

Galveston College Gallery.

Ball HIgh's Art Show will be the first event in the newly renovated gallery at
Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q in Galveston, Texas.

The Gallery is located on the Third Floor of the Fine Arts building
which is in between and attached to the Mary Moody Northen Building and the Hermes Fitness Center.

The show will run March 27 through April 10th.

Congratulations to Tornettes' Competition Team for placing 2nd overall Nationally in small team division at Crowd Pleasers Nationals.
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The Tornettes received 3 1st place awards in Contemporary, Modern & Open categories, 1 2nd place award in Jazz, a Judge's Super Circle award for scoring 90 or higher on all routines as well as a Crowd Pleasers bonus award for being a crowd favorite. Congratulations again to Tornettes Competition Team- 2nd place National Champs! To see these award winning routines as well as many others, please attend Tornette Spring Show on April 10th & 11th. Tickets are on sale now through any Tornette or Mrs. Griffin for $7.
Comp Team Members:
Colonel - Senior, Kaleyah Malveaux also earned a Superior Solo Performance Award
Lt. Colonel - Senior, Chelsie Owens
Jr. Lts. - Maggie Haupt, Meagan Simpson, Princess Washington
Sophomores - Jessie Avina, Lauren Bruce, Carmen Franklin, Olivia Mallard, Rhea Motte
Freshmen - Keri Dickerson, Chesney Garza

UIL One Act Play - Of Mice and Men

photo of cast

-- Return Engagement open to the public! --

Thursday April 3, 6:30 PM Ball High Auditorium

Ball High's Theater Department competed at Pearland Dawson
The play did not advance, but the students did a great job.  It is a tough competition with some really great schools in our conference.  We are proud of them all.

Mason Aiken (as George) All-Star Cast
Ryan Van Dewalli (as Lennie) All-Star Cast
Brianna Alcazar (as Curley's wife)Honorable Mention All-Star Cast
Damon Gibson (as Slim) Honorable Mention All-Star Cast

The Galveston Symphony Orchestra sponsored an Art Contest using the Symphonie Fantastique of Hector Berlioz.  Students made art representing one of the movements from the Symphony.  GISD students won 8 of the 13 awards!

Grand Prize $300: Camden Roeder, Movement #3, Austin MS, GISD, Teacher - Jareth Arcane First Prize $150: Seda Turk, Opiates Folly, Ball HS, GISD, Teacher – Candace Lepo
Second Prize $100: Inari Washington, Loud, Parker Elementary, GISD, Teacher – Gregg Ludwig Third Prize $50: Jordan Simmons, Unrequited Love, La Marque HS, LMISD, Teacher – Joan Finn

photo of the artwork LOUD

LOUD by Inari Washington, Parker Elementary
(All GISD Winners will be found on the GISD Visual Arts Facebook Page) 

Top High School:
Alma Flores,
Escape, Ball HS, GISD, Teacher – Candice Lepo
Celestine Medina,
Closing Darkness, Ball HS, GISD, Teacher – Candice Lepo Elizabeth Compean, Engulfed by the Melody, Ball HS, GISD, Teacher – Candice Lepo

Top Middle School:
Hayley Jackson,
Movement #5, Austin MS, GISD, Teacher – Jareth Arcane Audrianna Slowey, Life in my Eyes, Blocker MS, TCISD, Teacher – Ada Martin Jae Branch, Love Can Fly Away, Blocker MS, TCISD, Teacher – Ada Martin

Top Elementary School:

Henry Wilson, Self-Portrait Silly, Hitchcock Primary, Hitchcock ISD, Teacher – Carol Magin River Wheeler, Shapes, Oppe Elementary, GISD, Teacher – Teri Clough
Kathy Rodriquez, A Dance, Hitchcock Primary, Hitchcock ISD, Teacher – Koreen Palmer 

Scott Collegiate Academy had six singers compete at UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest Medal Winners:

Jessica Endsley , Anastasia Farrell, Katherine Molina, Analisa Williams

Second Division Winners: MeKayla Freeman and Karla Mata

The Ball High School Choir had members participate in Region 17's UIL Solo and Ensemble event Saturday at Angleton High School.

We are pleased to announce that we have four students that will be advancing to State because they received a 1 on their Class 1 Solo.

Emily Cooper- 11th Grade

Cleo Daniels- 11th Grade

Tristan Krabbe- 12th Grade

Tyler Painter- 12th Grade

We also received three students receive a 1 for their Class 2 Solo.

Adrian Caldwell- 12th Grade

Amena Masswi- 10th Grade

Larrian Menifee- 10th Grade

And one student received a 1 for a Class 3 Solo.

Kaitlin Stewart- 9th Grade

We are proud of all of our participants.

Thanks for making Ball High proud. Keep up the great work.

 Ball High School String Quartet plays for the Governor at the BSA Council "Gathering of Eagles"

photo of the quartet Tristan Krabbe, cello; Yuewu Zhou, violin; William Zhang, 1st violin; Jack Sheaffer, viola and director.

Taiguruma in the News (from two papers in Japan)

Papers in Maki and Niigata featured stories about the Taiguruma in Galveston

photo from Japanese paper

photo and story

Scoring a Superior rating on a Class I ensemble

and Going to State UIL Solo and Ensemble:

Ball High Percussion Trio

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Jon Tovar, Devlin Howell, German Orellana

Ball High

Scoring Superior (I) and advancing to State UIL:

Percussion Trio

Jon Tovar, Devlin Howell, German Orellana

Also scoring Superior, but not advancing to state:

Cameron Bly, Horn in F

Hunter Carswell, Tenor Saxophone

Al Moffett, III on Marimba

Scoring an Excellent (II) on Solos:

German Orellana, Snare Drum

Gavin Mudge, Tuba

 Austin Magnet Middle School

Scoring Superior (I) for Solos:

Valeria Hohl-Flute Solo

Skye Liwag-Flute Solo

Nate Paulson-Flute Solo

William Zhang-Clarinet Solo-Silver Medal

Wiliam Harris-Clarinet Solo

John Brown-Sax Solo

Bella Campbell-Sax Solo

Georgia Giron-Sax Solo

Charlotte Bly-Trumpet Solo

Jesus Ferrusca-Trumpet Solo

George Reinmuller-Trumpet Solo

Brandon Ramirez, Baritone Solo

Joel Guiterrez-Tuba Solo

Gabe Ramos-Tuba Solo


Brass Quintet- Superior (I)

George Reinmiller

Jesus Ferrusca

Nick Matero

Matthew Vu

Gabe Ramos

 Percussion Solos- Superior (I) Winners:

Jacob Murphy

Maya Leisey-Silver Medal


Violin Superior (I) Winners:

Charlotte Bly

Jesse Coleman

Gracie Salinas

Joel Gutierrez

Ritesh Soule

Bryce Rosales

Scoring Excellent (II)

Yoali Galvan-Clarinet Solo

Brittney Moran-Bass Clarinet Solo

Zabine Fuentes-Sax Solo

Trent Burchfield-Tuba Solo

Ian Arneson-Percussion

Justin Biedeger-Percussion Solo

Nico Sendjas-Percussion Solo

Alex Tan-Sax Quartet

Stephanie Hernandez-Sax Quartet

Ben Clore-Sax Quartet

Cody Crawshaw-Sax Quartet

Pablo Carcano-Cello Solo  


Crenshaw School


Scoring Superiors (I) on solos:

Hinkly, Jacob, flute


Tovar, Homero, flute


Thoms, Lacie, clarinet


Gutierrez, Jhonathan, trumpet


Scoring Excellent (II)



Ortiz, Jason, trombone


Tovar, Michael, trombone


Jackson, Caitlyn, harp


Morales, Maria, clarinet




Scott Collegiate Academy


Scoring Superior (I) on Solos


Hollins, Chase



Wallace, Zavier



Rabago, Melanie



King, Zach



Malmstrom, Robert



Padilla Rivera, Cristy



Benavides, Victor



Fisher, Byron



Gant, Kivin



Gomez, Milagros



Hernandez, Jose

bass clr


Justus, Jackson



Knapp, Monique



Mata, Karla



Pidatella, Erica



Ramos, Alex



Rosales, Montalvo, Luis



Sohail, Azsa



Williams, Jerome



Willis, Maurice



Worthen, Brandon



Zepeda, Sebastian



Trumpet Trio



Brass Sextet


Scoring an Excellent (II)


Cochran, Allyson



Donlon, Elizabeth



Oramous, Zoe



Portillo, Luis



Clarinet Quartet







HLSR Awards to GISD

Best of Show

Reagan Diaz 8th grade “Blue”  Scott Collegiate Academy, Ms. Brown


Blue Ribbon Awards

Hannah Elferink and Jeremiah Bryant


Red Ribbon Awards

Aryanna Leach-Roulet,  Ball High Ms. Lepo

Giovanni Delgado, Ball High Ms. Lepo

Gabby Zepeda, Ball High Ms. Lepo

Makayla Drake, Ball High Ms. Lepo

Tristen Drake, Ball High Ms. Lepo

Austin Willard, Ball High Ms. Lepo

Elizabeth Ferrusca Aruna, Ball High Ms. Lepo

Richard Kovacs, Ball High Ms. Lepo


8th grade

Azucina Gonzalez “Rojo”  

Scott Collegiate Academy, Ms. Brown

Justin Allen “Allen-Dillo”  

Scott Collegiate Academy, Ms. Brown

7th grade

Mariana Hernandez- “Ears”  

Scott Collegiate Academy, Ms. Brown

Jonathan Leyva “Comanche”  

Scott Collegiate Academy, Ms. Brown

5th grade

Guadalupe Cruz “Lone Star Proud”  

Scott Collegiate Academy, Ms. Brown

Abi Albir “Dillo”  

Scott Collegiate Academy, Ms. Brown Jennifer Alvarado “Lone Star”

Ball High students in the Reenactment of the
Battle of Galveston (The Funeral)

photo of the procession

The Processionphoto of color guard

AJROTC carrying the 42nds Colorsphoto of the drummers

Field Musicians, drums and fifephoto of the musicians saluting

 Ball High Drummers and Dr. Duncan in Union Blue

color guard photo

Army JROTC Color Guard with the Regimental colors
of the 42nd Mass Vol. Infantry who served in Galveston

Ball High Band Members, Ball High ROTC members, Dr. Duncan and Maj. Knight participated in the reenactment of the funeral of Commander Wianright and Lt. Commander Lea, USN this weekend.  They had both died during the Battle of Galveston and were buried in the Episcopal Cemetery with full military honors and Masonic Rites.  The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Masons of Harmony Lodge #6 sponsored the event.  

Tyler Painter from the Ball High Choir will be participating in the Pre-Area Auditions for All-State on
Saturday, December 7th at Pearland high School.  

Congratulations and best of luck Tyler!

UPCOMING CONCERTS around the district

Ball High School Chamber Singers Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony 
December 2 at around 5:00 Galveston Daily News 

Ball High School Chamber Singers Victims of Violent Crimes Tree Lighting 
December 3 at around 5:00 Galveston County Court House

Ball High Chamber Singers (Mens group) National Anthem for the Parental Involvement Conference 
December 5 Galveston Island Convention Center on the Seawall 

Oppe Elementary Ronald McDonald House Lighting
December 6 at 6:40PM at the Ronald McDonald House

Oppe PTO (with Kindergarten)
December 9 at 6:00 PM in the Oppe Gymnasium 

Austin Band Concert (Free)
December 11 at 5:30 in the Austin Middle School Gym

Alice in Wonderland, the All-District Musical ($8.00)
December 12, 13, and 14th at Ball High School Auditorium.
We are selling advance tickets to the performance for $5 each. Tickets will be $8 if you buy them at the door, so buying early is definitely worth it!

Ball High Band Holiday in the Park (Sangerfest Park) next to Yagas
December 14 2:30 PM Free and open to the public
Morgan Elementary Choir Program  (Free)
December 16 at 6:00pm in the Morgan Cafeteria
Crenshaw Concert
December 17 at 5:30PM in the Cafeteria
Parker Elementary Choir Program "December Round the World." (Free)
December 17 at 1:30 and 6:00pm in the Parker Gymnasium
Oppe Elementary Choir
Moody National Bank 10 AM
Frost Bank 11 AM 
The Scott Middle School Band, Choir and Cheerleaders Program (Free)
December 17 at 6:30pm in the Scott Gymnasium 
Early Childhood University Program (Free)
December 17 at 5:30pm in the ECU Gymnasium 
The Ball HS Band and Choir Annual Winter Concert (Free)
December 19th at 6:00pm at the Ball High School Auditorium
NOTE we moved this up to 6 PM! 
photo of fish carts
It seems like such a short time since the Taiguruma Revival Project team arrived in Galveston, but they are headed back to Niigata today.  They had a wonderful effect upon our students through the cultural exchange of the little Taiguruma Fish Cart paper lanterns.  Some 7,000+ people were at Moody Gardens for the Opening Ceremonies and Opening Night of the Festival of Lights.  GISD's Taiguruma Procession was the last thing on the program before Santa flipped the switch to light the displays.  There were many wonderful comments about the Taiguruma, the sinigng and the Ball High Percussion.  Students from every GISD school were involved at some point in the project.  Many young lives were touched by the simple joy of the little Fish Cart from the Ward of Maki.
photo of fish carts 
Farewell Dinner with the Consulate and Japan America Society of Houston
photo of the group 
The Japanese have arrived from our Sister-City Niigata and the Taiguruma Workshop has begun.  Come see  the first 25 Taiguruma built by GISD students and teachers at the Grand Opening of Moody Gardens Festival of Lights - Saturday Nov 16, 2013.
 photo of Taiguruma
These Taiguruma were made at Ball High, Austin and Scott Middle Schools.
 harp recital flyer
Ball High singer Tyler Painter has made it to the next round of All-State Auditions! Congratulations Tyler and Mr. Blake.  We look forward to your continued climb to All-State status!
The City of Galveston Fire Prevention Poster contest has informed us that the following Ball High Students have won in their division:
Honorable Mention  James Hessler, Junior
3rd Place Elizabeth Compean, Sophomore
1st Place Dante Collier, Junior
Best of Show Angela Lopez, Junior
They are students of Ms. Lepo at Ball — CONGRATULATIONS!
Get ready for an evening of laughter! 

Announcing the Fall Play by Ball High Theatre Arts program -
"An Evening of Comedy" - six short plays by Christopher Durang. 
Presented this Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7pm; and again on Tue-Wed Oct. 15-16 at 7pm.
Tickets only $5.00
Show in Theatre Arts room #2010 at Ball High (2nd floor). 
Texas Pediatric Society Foundation Conference Fundraiser
GISD student works will be displayed and auctioned to raise money at the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation Conference Fundraiser. Their work will be displayed at the evening event at Moody Gardens in Salon E-H.

The teachers: Ms. Lepo, Ms. Bacon, Ms. Clough and Ms. Raymond along with their students and families are invited to attend from 6:15 til 7 pm, Saturday, September 21, an artist reception, and meet pediatricians from all over the state of Texas.

We are very proud of our students and their ongoing collaboration with UTMB Pediatric Medicine. BRAVO!

Photo of the artwork  

One of the first Art events for the year will be in conjunction with the
Texas Pediatric Society Conference
being held at Moody Gardens.

Over the Summer UIL Medals:

The Choir's Medals arrived:

UIL medals photograph 

Congratulations also to Matteo Garofalo who received a silver medal in Music Theory!  

(Our first Music Theory competition at the State Level in UIL and he brings home a medal!)

GISD Mission: Excellence in education for all students
GISD Fine Arts - Fine Arts for All Students!
There is a very nice video posted at the CEDFA homepage about Fine Arts in Texas.
Ball High Art Facebook
Art and art related items from GISD.
Ball High Band Facebook
Instrumental Music at GISD
Ball High Choir Facebook
Ball High Choir and GISD vocal music
Ball High Dance
Ball High Dance and Ballet Folklorico and GISD Dance
Ball High Theatre Facebook
Ball High School Theatre and GISD theatre.
Search Facebook for Galveston Fine Arts to see these pages.



 photo of the reenacted funeralphoto of Doc

Dr. Duncan in two Civil War era uniforms:

As Chaplain Sanger of the 42nd Mass Vol Infantry and in Co. M 4th Mo Militia Cavalry

Dr. Stephen F. Duncan completed his doctoral work in Sacred Music with a minor in electronic composition at the University of Memphis in Tennessee in July of 1991. He holds Master of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. He is an adjunct Professor of Music at Galveston College. He continues to offer presentations on Native American and Hundusthani music at music and liturgy conferences across the country and around the world. Dr. Duncan has been selected to serve on the TEKS Review committee for the Fine Arts TEKS by the State Board of Education. Dr. Duncan has several published books, two of which can be found on the library shelves of Harvard and Yale.

A Genre in Hindusthani Music (Bhajans) As Used in the Roman Catholic Church

A History of the Sacred Musical Life of An Orthodox Church in America