Wheaten Wills advanced to the All-State Band on bass trombone! 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. Please congratulate Amy on this wonderful accomplishment.


Everyone entering the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest should have submitted their form to Mr. Pruitt via the google form link in his email. IMPORTANT: You must purchase an original from one of the vendors listed below ASAP (TODAY). We will take a grade at the end of the six weeks on this. You must show us your personal original that you have purchased. You will also provide us with a copy of your part, plus a two-sided piano accompaniment (if we do not already have it in our accompaniment binders in the band library).

Penders Music Co. 800-772-5918

JW Pepper Music 800-345-6296

RBC Music 800-548-0917


Region Band Auditions are this weekend at Cedar Ridge HS. The following instruments will have their Phase 1 auditions on Friday: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Percussion. Registration for these auditions is at 5:30 so you will want to arrive around 5:00 to find your way, get a good warm up, and register on time. Auditions begin at 6:00 and each individual room will end at different times, some rooms (especially percussion) could go very late. Because of this schedule, students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Cedar Ridge HS.

Saturday is the Phase 2 audition for those who advance from Friday's audition. It is also the audition for all other instruments. Registration for these are at 1:30 and the audition begins at 2:00.


Now that marching season has ended we can devote our time and energy to the TMEA All-State process. We will have sectionals for everyone auditioning for Region Band. The schedule is as follows and they will continue until Region Band Auditions on December 5,6.

  • Tuesday 7:45 - 8:45       Saxophone
  • Tuesday 4:20 - 5:20       Trumpet/Horn
  • Wednesday 7:45 - 8:45   Flute
  • Thursday 7:45 - 8:45      Clarinet
  • Friday 7:45 - 8:45           Tuba/Bass Clar/Double Reed, Tbn/Euph

We will decide on a time for the percussion sectional and post it ASAP.


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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 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)
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C Lunch (1:57-2:29)

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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! 

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