The Creekview High School Band, under the direction of Mr. Art Ruangtip, includes four full concert bands, a jazz ensemble program, percussion ensembles, color guard, winter guard, and a marching band of around 200 members. In the band’s short history, the Mustang Band has established a reputation of excellence in marching, concert, and auxiliary programs. The band has consistently earned Sweepstakes awards at University Interscholastic League (UIL) state competitions, receiving first division ratings in marching, concert, and sightreading contests.
Marching Band: The Mustang Marching Band is a consistent finalist at the annual Tournament of Champions marching contest, where they have won their classification three times. Before the school’s reclassification to 4A in August 2010, Creekview advanced to the UIL 5A State Marching Contest twice. The marching band has been a finalist at the Music for All Houston and Arlington regionals, and the San Antonio Super Regional. Concert ensembles have found a great deal of success at local, regional, and national festivals and competitions. The Creekview Wind Symphony has been named grand champion at several nationally acclaimed festivals throughout the country. The Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensembles, Color Guard, and Winter Guard have all received honors in competitions throughout the area and country.
Concert Band: The Creekview Concert Bands have consistently received sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sightreading Competition. The Wind Symphony was one of two Texas High School bands invited to perform at the 65th Annual Midwest Clinic and Convention in Chicago, IL taking place December 14-17, 2011. The Wind Symphony also advanced to the 2011 TMEA 4A Honor Band competition at the State level and placed 8th in the state. The Creekview Band has traveled to St. Louis, Orlando, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and many more cities to compete against other schools from around the U.S.
Color Guard: During the fall semester, the colorguard functions as a section within the marching band. They provide a vital connection in the visual presentation of the music by combining the art of modern dance, choreography, and performance skill sets while simultaneously spinning flags, rifles, sabers, and various other types of auxiliary equipment. During the spring semester, the group switches their focus towards a competitive indoor “Winterguard” show where performers are introduced to broader skill sets in movement, dance, choreography, technique, and overall performance. The Creekview High School Winterguard competes in both the North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) and Winterguard International (WGI) circuits. The Winterguard has won its division on three different occasions in 2004 (A), 2005 (AAA), and 2009 (AA).
Percussion Studies: The Creekview High School percussion program is under the direction of Mr. Matt Neal. During the fall semester, students participate in the marching band and marching drumline show as a part of either the Battery or Front Ensemble sections. Each group is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and unique experience in music fundamentals, performance, and competition. During the spring semester, students focus on Region Band Auditions, UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest, UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest, Percussion Cluster Concert, and 2-3 Band Concerts. All performing ensembles are dedicated to performing literature written for full ensemble as well as other musical genres such as 20th century, folk, chamber, and newly commissioned works/arrangements. Students perform on a variety of instruments including mallet, battery, auxiliary, electronic, and hand percussion.
Jazz Ensemble: The Creekview High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Art Ruangtip, includes Creekview Mustang Band members as well as auditioned rhythm section personnel. Throughout the fall semester, students receive a well-rounded jazz education including jazz history, study of jazz genre, jazz theory, beginning improvisation, and performance in many styles. In the spring semester, the Jazz Ensemble performs in concert and competition, both alone and in collaboration with other Fine Arts groups. The Creekview Jazz Ensemble has received consistent honors over the last decade at competitions including the Smokey Mountain Music Festival, Musicfest Orlando, and Choice Music Events.