Band Signing Day

Posted by LDISD on 6/10/2016

Band Signing Day

Five Lake Dallas High School Falcon Band seniors are continuing their music education at the college level.  To recognize their accomplishments, LDHS held a signing day celebration for the musicians.

Seniors Jared Collier, Gabriela (Gaby) Estes, Christian Gomez, Alisa Perez and Aaron Ruggiere participated along with their parents and Falcon Band directors Denise Kennedy, Frankie Burke and Juan Nunez.

Jared Collier, son of Jason and Ginger Collier, signed with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The 13 year senior qualified for state UIL solo and ensemble all 4 years of high school and this year received a gold medal for Marimba and silver medal for Snare at state. He is the recipient of the Kim Kraft Band Scholarship. Jared plans to major in Bio Medical Engineering with a minor in music.

“I chose the University of Arkansas because of the outstanding Bio Medical program and the marching band,” Jared said.  “It has a front ensemble which allows me to continue my music journey playing the marimba, which is my favorite instrument.”

Gabriela Estes, daughter of Marvin and Yvonne Estes, will attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her band accomplishments include UTA Outstanding Jazz Musician 2014 & 2016, Section Leader 2014-15 and Drum Major 2015-16. She chose Belmont because of the Music Business program, which will be her major.

Christian Gomez, son of Ernie Gomez and Rachael Arney, is continuing his music education at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. In his first and only year with the Falcon Band, he qualified for state solo and ensemble contest. He plans to choose a major after completing his basics at Navarro.

Alisa Perez, daughter of Armando and Maribel Perez, received a band and academic scholarship from McMurray University in Abilene, Texas.

Aaron Ruggiere, son of Paul and Auralie Ruggiere, signed with the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The 13 year senior is plays multiple instruments. He recently won a gold medal for Marimba solo and a silver medal for Snare solo at the state UIL Solo and Ensemble contest in Austin - a contest in which he has qualified all 4 years of high school.

“I want to major in Percussion Performance,” Aaron said. “I chose UNT because it is one of the top music schools in the world.”

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