Congratulations to the following students for receiving a medal at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest on Memorial Day. Students receiving Outstanding Soloists for the contest are in red bold.

First Division Solos: Annie Wang, Flute; Sophia Bach, flute; Cameron Schnurer, bassoon; Amy Gravell, clarinet; Gareth Ofenstein, clarinet; Cayden Garvey, keyboard percussion

First Division Ensembles: Jonathon Faz, Kai Noble, Isaac Sorensen, Wheaten Wills-trombone quartet; Daniel Cole, Andrew Kim, Michael Mollenhauer, David Bleiler-saxophone quartet

Second Division Solos: Amy Lugo, flute; Victoria McElhinney, flute; Sandy Kao, clarinet; Ryan Kerr, trumpet; Reggie Winters, horn; Jonathon Faz, trombone; Isaac Sorensen, trombone, Emily Smith, twirling

Second Division Ensembles: Diana Kim, Hyeona Kang, Marie Han-flute trio; Paige Hampf, Jasmine Tumewu, Joe Punske, Chris Vo-saxophone quartet

The McNeil Band was represented very well by our students. Thank you to all students who worked hard for this event, and to their private teachers and accompanists for helping them with their solo and ensembles. 

2016-2017 LEADERSHIP

CLICK HERE to view next year's Band Leadership. We will still need to some more library and uniform managers from Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, so please contact Mr. Dimiceli if you are interested.

All Section Leaders must attend Leadership Camp on July 18-19...period. The tentative cost for this camp is $50.


Congratulations to the following students for earning a letter in band this year and may order a letter jacket.

Liz Alderson, Josh Bruno, Cameron Schnurer, Alan Duff, Andrew Eckert, Mindy Lee, Ethan Markle, Alex Owens, Brandan Park, Joe Punske, Celest Reyes, Isaac Sorensen, Zachary Spell, Nikoo Vafaee, Chris Vo, Jared Whitten, Reggie Winters, Brianna Wren.


Please go to the Auditions and Results page under Maverick Bands to find audition results.

Congratulations to the members of the 2016 Maverick Drumline!

Snare: Cayden Garvey, Jared Whitten, Zach Spell, Alex Gilbert

Tenor: Alan Duff, Jack Graves, Boone Kilpatrick 

Bass: Izzy Pena, Jenny Nguyen, Ivan Kaderka, Victoria Faz, Tavion Nunn 


Wheaten Wills advanced to the All-State Band on bass trombone and ended up 2nd chair in the entire state! He was 1st chair in the TMEA 6A Symphonic Band in San Antonio. He came out 1st chair against the best players from north Austin to south Dallas to north Houston, and everywhere in between. Wheaten will be one of 7 bass trombonists in an All-State group this is and he will audition again next month at the TMEA convention in San Antonio. This is the highest accomplishment a high school musician can reach in Texas.

Please congratulate him, along with Annie Wang (flute), Austin Vogelman (clarinet), and Cameron Schnurer (bassoon) on their success of advancing to the area auditions.


Amy Gravell received the gold medal in the RRISD Reflections competition in the music composition category. She composed a piece for concert band and we are hoping to be able to perform it some time this year. Amy's piece will advance to the State level for competition, and I'll keep everyone posted on those results, as well as when we will perform her piece. 

Amy's piece is one of only 30 from Texas, including only a few in Music, to advance to the National level of competition. Please congratulate Amy on this outstanding accomplishment.


Wheaten auditioned into the Region Jazz Band on Bass Trombone and is also 5th chair in the state! This makes him the first alternate to perform in the All-State Jazz Band in February. 

Student Handbook

Please read the Maverick Band Handbook for this year as students will be held to these expectations. It is downloadable from our Charms area as well. 

Maverick Band Guide Available

Please check out the Maverick Band Guide and Welcome Letter. This is mostly designed as an informational packet for incoming freshmen/transfer students and their parents but is definitely a resource for any members of the band and guard. If you have any questions about the McNeil Band please do not hesitate to contact a director. Thanks.

Update Your "Charms" Database Info 

We need everyone, especially our new members, to update their information in our database. Our only way of communication is through your personal emails. If those our not kept current then you won't receive our newsletters or our reminder emails of upcoming events. We would also like all of our parents to fill in the fields asking about your occupation. We would like to be able to utilize the special skills of our parents and this helps us to identify those skills. If you are unsure of how to update your "Charms" info check out the last post at the bottom of this column. 


1, 2,'s that easy!  Members & Families, this is how you do it:

  1. Click on the "Enter Charms Area" button, in the menu bar to the right on the website
  2. Enter your RRISD six digit ID in the student password box
  3. Click on the "Personal Info" button.  This will bring you to your profile page.  Please update ALL information -- even your shirt size!  Double-check all email addresses and phone numbers.  Enter your phone numbers in the format 512-XXX-XXXX for our audition entry purposes. 

Keeping your Charms profile updated with your correct contact information is the only way to ensure you receive all the latest McNeil Band news.  If you can't enter the area, then please email one of the band directors with your correct ID number and they can fix the problem.

Don't forget to check the Band/Guard Website and Charms calendar OFTEN for current information and updates!

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A Day 

 Period B Day
9:05-10:35 1  Wind Ensemble

 Instrumental Ensemble (Wind Ensemble)
10:41-12:15 2 Wind Symphony 6 Instrumental Ensemble (Wind Symphony)

12:21-2:29 3 Symphonic Band
C Lunch (1:57-2:29)
7 Instrumental Ensemble (Symphonic Band)
C Lunch (1:57-2:29)

 Color Guard


 Color Guard/Percussion


Annual Fund Sponsors
Pancake Breakfast Announcements

Updated 3-12-2016

Annual Pancake Breakfast

Thank you to the wonderful Sponsors that make the 2015-2016 Pancake Breakfast a huge success!!

Austin Gourmet Popcorn

Avery Orthodontics

Better Than New Band Repair

Brian Kerman, Realtor

Cedar Park Pediatric Dentistry

Hill Country Dairies


The Pit Barbeque

Strait Music Company

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Buy HEB Cards and Support the McNeil Band

Now is the perfect time to support the McNeil Band and Color Guard by buying HEB Cards from the Boosters.   Remember, 5% of all sales goes directly to the Boosters.   For your convenience, there are several ways to get your cards:

  • (1)    Call your neighborhood representative to arrange pick-up of your cards.  Your neighborhood rep information is available on the McNeil Band website
  • (2)    Cards will be sold at all of the football games, booster meetings AND during pick-up after evening band practice on Thursdays.
  • (3)    Order online and an HEB Card Representative will deliver the cards to you.

 So get your cards now while this deal is offered! One of our HEB Card Sales Neighborhood Reps will make sure you get what you need.

 We can accept cash or checks (made payable to “McNeil Band Boosters”, please include your driver’s license and telephone numbers).  If you have any questions, please contact our HEB Cards Sales Coordinator at 

 Thank you for supporting the Band/Guard through your purchases of HEB Cards! 

Click Here for the list of our 2015-2016 Neighborhood Reps

Click Here for an Online Order Form

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