Memorial Band Earns Straight Ones

at UIL Marching Contest  
The Memorial High School Band competed at the 5A Region XI UIL Marching Contest on Saturday, October 22nd. The contest was held at Rutledge Stadium, in Judson ISD. All three judges rated the band as a first division. The band is under the direction of Mr. Esteban "Steve" Montlavo and Mr. Patrick Aguirre. Congratulations, Minutemen!
UIL 2016 Marching  
Memorial High School Band Receives the Grammy Signature Schools Community Award
For their outstanding efforts in music education, the Memorial Band was awarded $2,000 by the Grammy Foundation and Hot Topic Foundation. The Hot Topic Foundation provided the funds as part of their initiative to award deserving music programs around the country. The Grammy Foundation and Hot Topic Foundation work to draw attention to the importance of music education as a core element in school curricula. Congratulations to the Memorial Band Directors, Mr. Esteban Montalvo and Mr. Patrick Aguirre, and the Memorial Band students.



Winston Elementary Strings is Nationally Recognized
Congratulations to the Winston Elementary Strings program and Mr. Joe Vasquez, their director. NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants recognized 118 schools across the nation with the SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA), honoring individual schools that have demonstrated strong support for and commitment to music education. The Winston Elementary String program was one of the 118 schools recognized. Pictured is a proclamation from Texas Gov. Abbott.
Gov Abbott
Congratulations Wrenn Art Students!

Each year the YWCA San Antonio invites middle school students to enter their artwork in the 2016 Stand Against Racism: Celebrate Diversity Art Contest. This year, Wrenn Middle School had four students make it to the top twelve. They are Elise Escobar, Alexandria McDaniels, Ariana Ybarra, and Jacob Perez.
Arian Ybarra (6th grade) won 1st place and will be featured as the official 2017 YWCA San Antonio Stand Against Racism: Celebrate Diversity Poster. In addition, the top 12 posters will be featured in the 2017 YWCA San Antonio Stand Against Racism: Celebrate Diversity Calendar.

2016 Congressional Art Winner 
Gil 2016  
On May 15, 2016, Fine Arts Academy Memorial Junior Mikala Gil, won first place in the 20th District Congressional Art Competition with her cut paper drawing titled "Weeping Wela."  Mikala competed with other high school students in the Bexar County area in this juried event. Mikala and her mom will be flown to Washington, D.C. for a reception at Capital Hill, where her artwork will be on displayed as part of a year long exhibition. 
Congratulations to the Academy Middle School Orchestra Program
 Orchestra 2016
Under the direction of Mr. Robert Sabo, the Academy Middle School Orchestra received a first division in sight-reading at the UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest. Since the 2013-2014 school year, the orchestra program has grown over 60%. Mr. Sabo conducts the high school and middle school string orchestras. He also tutors students at Winston Elementary. Great work, Mr. Sabo!

Congratulations to both the Memorial
Junior Varsity and Varsity Concert Bands!  
Both concert bands earned a 1st division at the UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest on April 13-14, 2016.
The contest was held at Boerne Champion High School. Director are: Mr. Esteban "Steve" Montalvo and Mr. Patrick Aguirre.
Congratulations, Bands! 
MHS Varsity 2016
 MHS JV 2016

 Congratulations to the
Brentwood Middle School Band!
BMS 2016  
Congratulations to the Brentwood MS Band. They received a first division in concert at the Region XI Middle School Band Contest. The contest was held at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy on March 10th. The band is under the direction of Mrs. Shellie Davila. 

Great News From The Texas Cavaliers Art Contest:
We are proud to announce that Edgewood ISD has WINNERS and a RUNNER-UP in the 2016 Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade Art Contest:
City Council District 5 WINNER:
                School:        Roosevelt Elementary
Student:              Andrea D.
Grade:                  Fifth
Principal:             Tina Garcia
Art Teacher:      Miriam Martinez
City Council District 7 WINNER:
                      School:    L.B. Johnson Elementary
Student:             Aden C.
Grade:                 Third
     Principal:        W. Price Allen
              Teacher:          Michael Wilburn
City Council District 5 RUNNER-UP:
                   School:         Roosevelt Elementary
Student:              Jacklyn C.
Grade:                  Fifth
Principal:             Tina Garcia
Art Teacher:       Miriam Martinez
The Winners will be receiving a check for $3,000 which will go toward the school’s art supplies.  They will also receive a 1-week summer scholarship to the Southwest School of Art.  And, of course, King Antonio will pay a visit to the Winners’ schools.  The Winners’ artwork will be featured in the Texas Cavaliers River Parade Program.  The Winners will also compete with the other finalists for an additional $2,000 which could bring their total check to $5,000!
Jacklyn C. will receive a check for $1,000 which will go toward the school’s art program.
On behalf of the Texas Cavaliers, we extend a cordial invitation to the Cavaliers’ Press Conference on Thursday, March 3rd at the Coates Chapel, Southwest School of Art at 300 Augusta Street, at 10:30 am, where  King Antonio will announce the GRAND PRIZE WINNER.   
Again, congratulations and thank you for your enthusiastic support of the Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade Art Contest.  We hope that you, the EISD Superintendent and the corresponding principals, teachers, the young winners,  and their families will join us at the Press Conference on March 3rd. 
 Congratulations, EISD Elementary Art Department!!!!!
$7,000 total in funding for 3 elementary art programs! 
Youth Art Month 
Art Contest
Internationally recognized San Antonio Artist and Kennedy Alumni Alex Rubio, paid a visit a to Edgewood Fine Arts Academy on March 30th to judge EISD's Youth Art Month Exhibition. YAM is celebrated annually around the nation to promote and recognize art education. This event showcases the work created by students in elementary through high school.
Winners of the YAM Art Contest were: 
1) A Morales (Stafford)
2) Marc J. (Winston)
3) Paris Escobar (HBG)
Middle School:
1) Julius Tovar (Gus Garcia)
2) Kimberly Galvan (Gus Garcia)
3) Samantha Earls (Gus Garcia)
High School:
1) Rubi Rios (Academy)
2) Bethany Tober (Academy)
3) Jorge Garcia (Academy)
The winners will be recognized at the Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) Art Show, along with the Cinco de Mayo Art Contest winners and the winners from the "red dot" People's Choice Awards.
Congrats to the
Memorial HS Band!
The band competed at the regional level of UIL Solo and Ensemble and had:
112 students receive first division medals
22 students are advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May. 
At the regional level, students are judged on their small ensembles and solos and rated a 1st through 5th division, with 1st division being the highest rating. Those who receive a one on a class one (the most difficult music) ensemble, advance on to the state contest at UT Austin. Soloists who memorize their class one solo and receive a 1st division, also advance to state. 
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Congrats to the 
Kennedy HS Band!
The band competed at the regional level of UIL Solo and Ensemble and had:
36 students receive first division medals
4 students are advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May. 
At the regional level, students are judged on their small ensembles and solos and rated a 1st through 5th division, with 1st division being the highest rating. Those who receive a one on a class one ensemble, advance on to the state contest at UT Austin. Soloists who memorize their class one solo and receive a 1st division, also advance to state.

 Winston Elementary Competes
at ACADEZ Folklorico Contest
The Winston Folklorico competed on April 8, 2016, at the ACADEZ Ballet Folklorico contest. The contest was held at the Scottish Rite Auditorium. Winston was the ONLY group to be accompanied by LIVE music. The Winston orchestra/mariachi performed as the folklorico danced their selections for contest. Pictured, below, are the mariachi and folklorico, outside the Scottish Rite Auditorium.  
Winston Elem Folk & Mariachi  
Fine Arts Academy Ballet Folklorico
Takes Home Trophies  
On Friday, April 8th, the Fine Arts Academy competed at the ACADEZ Folklorico Competition at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.
The following groups won trophies for their performances... 
 1st.    Ensemble.   Oaxaca.     "Zandunga"
1sts Ensemble.    Jalisco.      "Tapatio". "Caballito"
1st Small Group.  Michoacan.   "Los Viejtios"
1st. Cuadro.         Veracruz.     "La Burja" "Hasteque". Iguana"
1st Ensemble.     Tlaxcala.        "Toros"
2nd. Solo.            Jalisco.            "Ausente".   (Kelsey Hasler)
 Congratulations to these students and their teacher, Mr. Don Nunez.

Kennedy Band Advances to

Area Marching Contest

KHS Wins at UIL

 Congratulations to the Kennedy High School Band for earning a one on October 17th, at the 5A UIL Marching Contest. The band is under the direction of band directors Roy Martin and Jonathan Wright. The band will now advance to the Area Marching Contest at Calallen High School on Saturday, October 24th. The band is scheduled to perform at 8:45AM.

Fine Arts Academy Art Students Shine
at State VASE Contest
T with VASE

On April 27th, 3 Edgewood Academy students, accompanied by their teacher Ms. Anabel Toribio, participated in the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event. The contest is a UIL equivalent competition for the visual arts. Mikala Gil, a Memorial sophomore, earned a medal with a superior rating of "4" for her cut paper drawing. Rubi Rios, a Memorial junior, earned a medal with a superior rating of "4" for her self-portrait charcoal drawing. Linai Valdez, a Kennedy junior, earned a "3" excellent mixed media graphite drawing. The artworks will be on view at the Senior Showcase and Exhibition on May 21st. Please congratulate these students if you see them. We are very proud of their hard work and dedication. The art department would like to thank the Academy teachers and staff for supporting our student's artistic endeavors. Finally, the art department would also like to thank Mrs. Denise Rubio for helping  arrange the overnight trip and Mr. Juarez and Dr. Dromgoole for their continuous support and time.

 Congratulations Middle School Band Students!
On April 29th, 2015, 82 band students from Wrenn, Brentwood and Gus Garcia competed in the second annual EISD Solo & Ensemble Contest. The contest was held at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy. Students played a solo or ensemble for judges. Students were rated a 1st division, 2nd division, or 3rd division; with a first division being the highest rating.
*Gus Garcia had 10 students earned first divisions, 8 students earned second divisions and 1 student earned a third division.
*Wrenn had 17 students earn a first division, 10 students earned a second division and 4 student earned a  third division.
*Brentwood had 21 students earn a 1st division and 11 students earned a second division.
Congratulations students and directors!

 Cinco de Mayo Art Contest Winners
CDM winner
 EISD students submitted art work for the annual EISD Cinco de Mayo Art Contest. Judges this year were Mr. Antonio Barrera, Edgewood HS Alumni and San Antonio Fiesta Cover Contest Winner, and Mrs. Patricia Morales, Southwest School of Art Director. Winners will be recognized at the May 2nd Cinco de Mayo Festival. At 11am, winners will be presented their awards at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy Art Gallery. Winners this year are:
First place
M. Alejos
Memorial HS
9th grade
Second Place
S. Robledo Reyes
Edgewood Fine Arts Academy
10th grade
Third Place
A. Flores
Las Palmas ES
4th grade
Honorable Mention
C. Vasquez
LB Johnson ES
5th grade
Las Palmas Elementary Ballet Folklorico Wins Honors
 At the Juan Cuestas Acadez dance competition the Las Palmas fifth-grade group brought home first place for small group. The  fourth grade group won second place for small group. The largest group, the fifth-grade group, won third place honors for ensemble.The groups are under direction of their music teacher, Mrs. Regina Kazmir.
Memorial Band Receives Certificate
from Senator Jose Menendez
In recognition of  their National Association of Music Merchants Award, Senator Menendez honored the Memorial Band with a certificate of congratulations.
 Edgewood Academy Theater
Student Wins
Essay Contest
Celeste Lozano won the Las Casas Foundation-Linda G. Tillery Essay Award in which she wrote a piece on why Theatre Arts is important in her life. She was one of two in San Antonio who received the award. There were 120 applicants. She was presented with a $1,500 scholarship on April 26th at the Joci Awards Performing Arts Scholarship Competition at the Empire Theatre.

Memorial Band Earns
Straight Ones at UIL
Memorial Band all 1s
Under the direction of Mr. Esteban "Steve" Montalvo, the band received the highest honor of "straight ones" at the 5A UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest, held in Boerne, Texas on April 16th. The band earned a first division in both stage performance and sight-reading.  The band received the larger UIL trophy today because of their sweepstakes rating for marching band this past Fall and for today's sweepstakes results.
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Memorial High School’s Music Education Program Receive National Recognition

San Antonio, Texas Memorial High school receives the SupportMusic Merit Award for the 1st time

New research shows students involved with community music programs demonstrate improvement in subjects such as reading

San Antonio, Texas. March 18, 2015 – Memorial High School Band has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  Memorial HS joins 120 schools across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2015.

The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Memorial High School answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Center of Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

Music education in this school is important because it keeps students involved in an activity that promotes team work as well as excellence of performance as an individual.  It also promotes transformational leadership from each individual student, not only student leaders.  It also gives students an opportunity to advance their skills to further their music education in the collegiate level.  Further, community involvement plays an integral part in the students becoming good citizens, said School Official, Dr. Emma Dromgoole, Fine Arts Coordinator for the district.

As Memorial High School finalizes its 2015–2016 budget, the announcement of receiving The NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school.

Community music programs have been drawing increased attention this school year because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading.

Beyond the Northwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings.  Edgewood Independent School District is a public school district based in San Antonio, in Bexar County, Texas (USA).

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world. The Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit

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Kennedy JV Band Earns 1st Division
at UIL 
Kennedy JV band 1
On April 15th, the Kennedy JV Band, under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Wright, received a plaque for their first division concert rating at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest at Boerne Champion High School. The band received a superior rating of 112 for their stage performance. This is only the fourth year of existence for a second band (JV Band) at Kennedy to compete at UIL. Congratulations to these students and their director.

Kennedy Jazz Band Takes Honors
at Jazz Competitions
This has been a very successful year for the Kennedy Jazz ensemble. In April, the Kennedy Jazz band competed at the Palo Alto College Jazz festival and took 2nd place. This is only their second jazz festival in their short existence (third year). The Jazz ensemble also competed in the South Texas Jazz festival at Brandeis High School in February, earning Excellent ratings. Ellaine Elias also received an award for “Outstanding Soloist at the same festival. Great job, jazzers! The Kennedy Jazz Band is under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Wright.
Youth Art Month
Gallery Show is a Success
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 On March 26th, EISD held its annual "YOUTH  ART MONTH" gallery show at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy Gallery. District campuses submitted and posted artwork to display in the gallery. Winners of the Youth Art Month Contest will receive their awards at the Cinco de Mayo Gallery opening on May 2nd (times is TBA). Special thanks to Ms. Anabel Toribio for assisting with the opening and assisting teachers with set up areas. Congratulations to all district art teachers and their students for a great show!
The results for the Youth Art Month People's Choice Awards:
1st Place: C. Martinez, Stafford, Mrs. Waid
2nd Place: A. De la Cruz, Stafford, Mrs. Waid
3rd Place: Lupano R., LBJ, Mr. Wilburn
Middle School:
1st Place: Dzyre Alva, Gus Garcia, Ms. Reyes
2nd Place: Anavey Ochoa, 6th grade Academy, Mrs. Gutierrez,
3rd Place: Meena Herrera, Gus Garcia, Ms. Reyes
High School:
1st Place: Rubi Rios, Fine Arts Academy,Toribio
2nd Place: Daeshja Sealey, Fine Arts Academy,Toribio
3rd Place: Marissa Esteves, Fine Arts Academy, Toribio
Memorial HS Drum-line Wins Second Place
in TCCG Contest
 During Spring Break weekend, on Saturday, March 14, the Memorial High School Color Guard and Drum Line traveled to Georgetown, Texas to compete at the Texas Color Guard Circuit competition.  The contest was held at Eastview High School. The Minutemen Indoor Drum Line won a 2nd Place Trophy in the Scholastic Marching SAA division for their performance of "Clowning Around".  The MHS Indoor Drum Line made history by being the first ever group from Memorial High School to receive a trophy in a percussion circuit competition.  The two units now qualify to compete at the State TCGC competition on March 28, 2014.  The Guard will compete in Pflugerville, Texas at Henderickson High School and the Drum Line will compete in College Station, Texas at the Reed Arena.  

Summer Camp Scholarships Awarded to
Fine Arts Academy Visual Arts Students
On March 17, 2015, the following art students received scholarships to attend summer classes at the Southwest School of Art:
Rubi Rios, MHS, Marco Vasquez, KHS, and Mikala Gil, MHS

Congratulations Mr. Sabo and the Fine Arts Academy Orchestra!
Sabo with strings
The orchestra made school district history by taking the first high school orchestra in EISD to UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest. The group, under the direction of Mr. Robert Sabo, earned a first division plaque for their concert performance and a rating of 2, for sight-reading.
Great job making school district history, EISD orchestra department!

Texas Cavaliers Awards $9,000 to Elementary Art Campuses
All EISD elementary campuses participated in the annual Texas Cavaliers Art Contest. EISD winners are:
City District 7 winner: Alissa H., 3rd grader from LBJ $3,000 awarded to the LBJ art department!
City District 5 winner: Johnny G., 5th grader from Roosevelt Elementary $3,000 awarded to the Roosevelt art department!
City District 6 runner up: Jasmine E., 5th grader from Stafford Elementary  $1,500 awarded to Stafford art department!
City District 5 runner up: Randy A., 5th grader from Roosevelt Elementary $1,500 awarded to Roosevelt art department!
In all, $9,000 is being awarded to EISD ART DEPARTMENTS!!!! Congratulations to these students and their art teachers: Ms. Miriam Martinez, Ms. Jeanette Waid, and Mr. Michael Wilburn!!!!

Congratulations Middle School Region Band Members!
Middle School Region Band auditions were held Saturday, November 1st at Connolly Middle School.  Students from the districts that make up Region 11 – Edgewood ISD, Northside ISD, Harlendale ISD, Southside ISD, Southwest ISD, South San Antonio ISD – competed  on their instrument for the chance to earn a “chair” in the 2014-2015 Region Band.  8th grader Candyce Lozano earned a 2nd chair position on Alto Saxophone, 7th grader Jennifer Adame earned a 2nd chair position on Bari Saxophone, and 8th grader Ranulfo Avalos earned an alternate chair position on Tuba. 
BMS students

Brentwood Band & 6th Grade Academy Band Receive TMEA Grants!

Congratulations to Mrs. Shellie Davila & Mr. Chris Cintron. Both have received sheet music grants for their music
programs. Brentwood will receive $1,000 and the 6th grade campus will receive $991. Way ta go, Band Directors!


Fall Festival 2014 a Success!!!

Congratulations to the winners of the stage performances:
1st: The Edgewood Rockstars Dance Team
2nd place: Orgullo de Edgewood Mariachi
3rd place: The Edgewood Ballet Folklorico

Fall 2014


Congratulations to the winners of the Altar contest:
1st: Stafford Elementary
2nd: Gardendale Elementary (Mr. Minks, Gardendale art teacher, is pictured)
3rd: The Fine Arts Academy

Memorial Band Wins at UIL Marching Contest

On October 18th, the Region XI UIL Marching Contest was held at Gus Stadium. The Memorial Band performed their field show "Dance Again" which featured songs by artists such as Jennifer Lopez and Celia Cruz. The band received a first divison. Judges remarked on the improvement of marching style and the excitement of the show. Congratulations to the band, their directors Mr. Montalvo and Mr. Aguirre, to the band boosters, and to the MHS staff. Good job, Minutemen!
MHS Band

Band, Dance and Cheer Perform at the New EISD Family Service Center

On September 11th, the district opened their new "Family Service Center."
As per district officials, the facility offer GED/ESL classes, nutrition classes, health services, a college center, parent ambassadors, a student and parent clothing center, a computer center, a partnership with CPS Energy and with San Antonio Water System, a crisis center, and a food pantry.
To celebrate the opening, the Memorial & Kennedy High School Bands, Cheer, and Dance Team entertained the community and school officials.
 Memorial Band Students Performing
Pictured above are members of the Memorial Band performing at the Family Service Center.

Memorial Band Wins Third Place at the East Central Hornet Invitational Band Festival
Mr. Montalvo with MHS Drum Major and color guard members