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A lot of fun was had by all with our ‘Hits the Beach’ Theme at the 47th Annual FunFest at Sandy Lake Amusement Park 

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FunFest 2017 entertained over 65,000 students in band, choir, and orchestra. Directors were a big hit giving us their special moves in their hula skirts.


Thanks to all of you for being good sports!


The families at Sandy Lake Park take pride in giving students the opportunity to participate in a festival designed as a learning experience along with the fun of an amusement park and outdoor activities.


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.





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Congratulations to Our Stressbuster
Grand Prize Winners!!!!!!
And the Lucky Directors Are……

Grand Prize - $100 Gas Gift Card

Scott Radell, Band Director

Hubbard High/Middle School

Hubbard, TX

 

Grand Prize – $100 Gas Gift Card

Janis Ray, Choir Director

Crowley Intermediate School

Crowley, TX

 

Grand Prize - $100 Gas Gift Card

Cami Guerrero, Choir Director

Coyote Ridge Elementary School

Carrollton, TX

 

Grand Prize – iPod and $50 iTunes Gift Card

Kathryn Faver, Choir Director

Corinth Classical Academy

Corinth, TX

 

Grand Prize - $300 Southwest Airlines Certificate

Chelsea Cunningham, Choir Director

Legacy Christian Academy

Frisco, TX

 

Grand Prize - $300 Southwest Airlines Certificate

Diana Taylor, Choir Director

Moss Haven Elementary School

Dallas, TX


FunFest 2018

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 2018!!!

Bands

March 28 & 29:

Capt. Travis Almany, Associate Director of Bands at Texas A & M University, College Station,

                                  TX.

Dr. Rob Bailey, Retired Associate Professor of Music (Trumpet), Northeastern State

                        University, Tahlequah, OK.

Joe Gunn, Retired Director of Bands, Harwood Junior High School (Bedford), Arlington, TX.


April 5 & 6:

Dr. Wesley Branstine, Retired Director of Bands, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR.

David Ritter, Retired Professor of Music, West Texas A & M University, Canyon, TX.

Dr. Doug Laramore, Retired Professor of Music, East Central University, Ada, OK.


April 12 & 13:

Dr. Gary Barrow, Retired Professor of Music and Conductor of the University Brass Choir,

                           Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR.

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.


April 18, 19, 20 & 21:

Lt. Col. Jay O. Brewer, Associate Director of Texas Aggie Band, Texas A & M University,

                                       College Station, TX.

Charles Trayler, Retired Director of Bands, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Dr. Royce Lumpkin, Chairman & Professor of Music Department, University of North Carolina,

                                   Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Doug Laramore, Retired Professor of Music, East Central University, Ada, OK.


April 25, 26, 27, 28 & 30

Dr. Ken Van Winkle, President of New Mexico State University, Alamogordo, NM. 2003 Music

                                   Educator of the Year, and a member of the College Band Directors

                                   National Association.

Ray Lichtenwalter, Retired Director of Bands and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the

                                 University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.

Joe Gunn, Retired Director of Bands, Harwood Junior High School (Bedford), Arlington, TX.


April 28 & 30:

Lt. Col. Jay O. Brewer, Associate Director of Texas Aggie Band, Texas A & M University,

                                       College Station, TX.


May 1 & 2:

Dr. Ken Van Winkle, President of New Mexico State University, Alamogordo, NM. 2003 Music

                                   Educator of the Year, and a member of the College Band Directors

                                   National Association.

Ray Lichtenwalter, Retired Director of Bands and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the

                                 University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.

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 3 & 4:

Cecile Johnson, Retired Director of Award Winning Woodrow Wilson Elementary Choir, Denton, TX.


May 3, 4 & 5:

Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern Oklahoma State

                                            University, Weatherford, OK.

Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Dr. Eric Posada, Director of Music, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Artistic Director Brazos Valley

                             Chorale, College Station, TX.


May 7, 8 & 9:

Ruth Millner, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Greiner Middle School, Dallas, TX.


May 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

Woody Schober, Retired Choral Director, Irving Public Schools, Irving, TX.

Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern Oklahoma State

                                            University, Weatherford, OK.


May 10, 11 & 12:

Tom Jennings, Retired Director of Choral Music, North Central Texas College, Corinth, TX.


May 17 & 18:

Tom Jennings, Retired Director of Choral Music, North Central Texas College, Corinth, TX.

Dr. Eric Posada, Director of Music, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Artistic Director Brazos Valley

                            Chorale, College Station, TX.

Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern Oklahoma State

                                            University, Weatherford, OK.

Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.


May 21, 22, & 23:

Cecile Johnson, Retired Director of Award Winning Woodrow Wilson Elementary Choir, Denton, TX.

Charles (Skip) Klingman, Retired Director of Choral Activities, Southwestern Oklahoma State

                                           University, Weatherford, OK.

Dr. Joey Martin, Professor of Choral and Music Education, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Dr. Eric Posada, Director of Music, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Artistic Director Brazos Valley

                             Chorale, College Station, TX.

Orchestra

May 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11:

Jim Frank, Retired Director of Orchestra at Richardson High School in

                   Richardson, Texas and Plano High School in Plano, TX. Now

                   Living in Dallas TX.

Linda Keefer, Retired Director of Orchestra, Arlington High Schools,

                        Arlington, TX. Now living in Cedar Park, TX.

Vern Lewis, Retired Director of Orchestra, Mesquite ISD. Now living in

                     Dallas, TX.

 

The Orchestra portion of FunFest will, again, be coordinated and announced by Mr. Royce Coatney.  He is Retired Director of Orchestra, Lamar High School, Arlington, TX.  Following the untimely death of the beloved Mr. Weldon Minnick, who coordinated the orchestra stage since they began performing at FunFest, Royce became his successor and has never missed a beat since 1987.  2018 will be his 30th year to call the shots during Orchestra week at FunFest.








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