This Year in the Highlander Band

January 2017

A record 62 Highlander Band students qualified for All Region in December, and they performed Friday, January 20 in the Region 20 All-Region Concert, Symphonic, and Honor bands at Duncanville High School. This is 40% of our students and a record number for the Highlander Band. In addition to this, our region is considered the most competitive in the State and arguably the country.

All-Region is an individual contest that requires each student to learn three advanced pieces of music and perform them for a blind judging panel, competing against other students from 5A and 6A schools in our region. 

Area Group

Of the All-Region students, 18 also earned an Area designation, which qualified them to audition for the TMEA All-State Band on January 7.

State Group

All-Area qualifiers include:

  • Sophia Brinkman
  • Michael Cochran
  • Cameron Coffey
  • Charlie Conner
  • Jonathan Davies
  • Peter Davies
  • Sarah Hong
  • Abby Justine
  • Maisey Martinez
  • Sydney McDuffie
  • Benjamin Olness
  • Gillian Owsley
  • Aaron Pathak
  • Jackson Smith
  • Madison Triplett
  • Allison Walters
  • Jinghan Yuan
  • Grace Zhao


November, 2016

All Region Orchestra


A record seven Highlander Band students earned chairs in the All-Region Orchestra in November. The band students competed for a spot in the orchestra at Duncanville High School in early November and performed in a full symphony concert on Saturday, November 12th at Conrad High School in Dallas. 

Band students selected to perform in the All-Region Orchestra are: Sophia Brinkman, flute; Peter Davies, oboe; Jonathan Davies, clarinet; Allison Walters, trumpet; Madison Triplett, bassoon, Cameron Coffey, percussion; and Grace Zhao, oboe.





The Highlander Band wrapped up its competitive marching season at the US Bands Season Finale Contest in Midlothian on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The Highlander Band won Best in Class and second overall in the preliminary competition. They also took home the Class Caption Awards for Best Music, Best Overall Effect, Best Percussion, and Best Visuals in prelims. In finals, The Highlander Band performed in Class VI, competing against bands with 70 to 130 more performers on the field. The band placed third overall, being edged out of second place by a tenth of a point. The Highlander Band also earned the Caption Award for Best Percussion in finals. This last performance of “Daydreams of Winter” was the band's very best performance of the season, and they walked away from the competition knowing they’d given their all on the field.

The Highlander Band participated in the most rigorous competitions in the history of the band this season. Their unprecedented success was due in large part to the artistic creativity, constant motivation, and dedication to excellence by their instructors: Reagan Brumley, Corey Parks, James LaBrecque, Danny Martinez, and TJ Emsley. We have the best band staff in the country!

Competition Collage


October, 2016

Drum Dance

The Highlander Band celebrated its 24 members of the senior class on October 28th during halftime of the last home football game at Highlander Stadium. The honored seniors, wearing traditional Scottish kilts, were escorted by their families on the field where they were individually introduced during the special ceremony. Following the introductions, Senior Woodwind Captain Kaitlyn Rowland performed the traditional Highlander Band drum dance as Senior Bagpiper and Clarinet Section Leader Abby Justine played Scottish dance tunes on the bagpipes. The evening ended with the final home performance of the band’s 2016 marching show, “Daydreams of Winter.” 

MidlothianPlaid Line

 September 2016

Drum Line

National Merit


August, 2016

DMsDrum Majors: The Highlander Band Drum Majors - Head Drum Major Abigail Lindwall, Senior Drum Major Caroline Kibby and Junior Drum Major Sydney McDuffie won the following awards at the University of Texas Drum Major Camp this summer:

Most Outstanding Drum Major Team - Caroline Kibby, Abigail Lindwall, and Sydney McDuffie
Outstanding Veteran Drum Major - Abigail Lindwall
Most Outstanding Rookie Drum Major - Caroline Kibby

Click here to read more.







PhilharmonicDallas Philharmonic: Three HPHS students have been accepted to the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) Philharmonic: Allison Walters on trumpet, Peter Davies on oboe and William Cerny on cello. The Philharmonic, conducted by James Franks, is a full symphony orchestra, comprised of approximately 100 high school seniors or younger. Read more here




HP Percussion  Cameron Coffey's solo, "Bach Sonata in G Minor Fugue," placed fifth in the Senior Division, winning him a very cool stick bag with several mallet sets included. Click here for more details.


Highlander Band members earn State Solo and Ensemble honors. The contest featured woodwind and brass soloists and ensembles which received a Division 1 rating on a Class 1 selection at the All-Region Solo and Ensemble Contest in February. At the state contest, students who earned a Division 1 rating for a solo or ensemble received a gold medal and students who earned a Division II rating received a silver medal. 

Click here to see the list of awards.


Jazz Band gave a Swing, Swing, Swinging Spring Concert.


The Highlander Band was selected to play in Carnegie Hall on March 14th. Read the entire story here.


Winter Guard won their classification at their first contest of the year by an unheard of 5 points! This margin of victory coupled with their overall class championship last school year means they are now being promoted to the next level of competition, known as National A. Congratulations to all of our guard members!

PeterAn outstanding group of Highlander Band members represented our school and program at the All-Area Band Auditions. All of these students had a great showing in what is widely considered the most competitive Area audition in Texas. In addition, a Highlander Band member accomplished a nearly unheard of feat. Peter Davies, oboe, earned 2nd chair in the 6A All-State Band as a freshman. This is evidence of truly superlative musicianship! Read more about Peter here.

The students who competed at Area are: Jonathan Davies, Cameron Coffey, Matthew Houser, Miles Iola, Cole Morgan, Iva Sadler, and Allison Walters



All Region: Members of the Highlander Band competed in the annual All-Region Band auditions, the first round in the All-State Band process. The HP Band had another fantastic showing! We are incredibly proud of all of the students who tried out, regardless of placement. Below are the names of those who earned an All-Region position:


Senior Matthew West took First Place in the Lone Star Drum Line Competition held on November 14th. Matthew then took his performance to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in San Antonio. This is the largest drum and percussion event in the world. Matthew won First Place with a composite score of 95.5. Congratulations, Matthew!

The Highlander Band earned unanimous First Division ratings at the UIL Region 20 Marching Contest in Duncanville on October 17th.

At the DeSoto Classic Marching Contest on October 10th, the Highlander Band took Fourth Place Overall. The Band won Best in Class in Auxiliary, Marching, Percussion, Winds, and General Effect. 

Read about the BBQ and Blue Out in the Park Cities People.

The Highlander Band took Second Place Overall at the Midlothean Marching Invitational Contest on October 3rd. The Band earned Best Marching Overall, Best Percussion Overall, and took Best in Class. Way to go, Band!


Four Highlander Band members named to the All-Region Jazz Band. Congratulations to Matthew Houser, Cole Morgan, Braden Wallace, and Matthew West for this honor.

The HP Drum Line placed First Overall in the AA Standstill Division I at the Plano Drum Line Competition on Saturday, September 26th. HP also won Outstanding Bass Line and Outstanding Snares at the competition.

Matthew West placed First for his Tenor Solo at the Plano Drum Line Competition. The solo is an original piece that Matthew composed. 


Reagan Brumley named President of TMEA Music for Region 20


March a Thon

Summer 2015

March-a-Thon photo in the Dallas Morning News

Preview the 2015 Marching Show "Spellbound" in the Park Cities People

Marching in to a New Season with a March-a-Thon in the Park Cities People

New Band Leadership Team announced in the Park Cities People