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Due to anticipated weather conditions this week resulting in unfavorable ground conditions, we have decided to postpone the Akins Community 5K & Festival to the backup date of Saturday, May 21st.
Everything else about the event remains the same! We look forward to seeing you there!
The Akins Band is pleased to welcome Mr. Buck Palmer for the 2016-2017 school year as our Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion Studies! His biography is below; please take a moment to welcome him when you see him on campus.
Buck Palmer is originally from the South Austin area, where he was a member of both the Bailey Middle School Band and the Bowie High School Band. After graduating from Bowie High School in 2007, Mr. Palmer attended Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2012, studying under Dr. Brian West, Dr. Eric Simpson, Brian Youngblood, Joey Carter, and Bobby Ray Francis. During his studies at TCU, Mr. Palmer was a member of the TCU Percussion Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Steel Drum ensembles, performing at the TMEA Convention (2010), PASIC Convention (2008 and 2011), and Carnegie Hall (2010).
As a performer, Mr. Palmer had the opportunity to be a member of Drum Corp International (DCI) World Class Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007, the first year they moved to Texas. In 2008, he joined the front ensemble at Drum Corp International (DCI) World Class Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Under the instruction of Paul Rennick, Phantom Regiment won the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award, along with the corps being named DCI World Champion in 2008. Mr. Palmer was a member of the Phantom Regiment front ensemble through 2009. Additionally, Mr. Palmer was a founding member of the West Percussion Group, part of the International Festival of Wind Bands and Percussion Ensembles, performing at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia in 2011.
Mr. Palmer has been a member of the Waterloo Wind Band, currently performs in the pit orchestra at Zach Scott Theatre, and is a member of Inside Out Steel Band. He consistently performs in the greater Austin area as a percussionist for a variety of other groups.
As an educator, Mr. Palmer has worked as an Assistant Band Director at Gorzycki Middle School from the Fall of 2012 through the Spring of 2016. During his tenure at Gorzycki, he conducted the Symphony Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, and Steel Drum ensembles, as well as coordinating all percussion curriculum. Under his direction, the Steel Drum program doubled in enrollment, along with the Jazz Band, and this past year Wind Symphony received Sweepstakes in UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.
Additionally, Mr. Palmer has worked as a Front Ensemble Technician for Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps since the summer of 2011. Since joining the Crossmen team, the World Class Drum Corps has been a DCI Finalist three times. In the 2014 and 2015 marching seasons, Mr. Palmer worked with the James Bowie High School Drumline as a Front Ensemble Technician. He has also taught private lessons to various percussion students in the South Austin area.
Mr. Palmer’s hobbies include biking, disc golf, and cooking (especially breakfast tacos).
We are pleased to present the release trailer for our 2016 Fall Marching Production, “Bliss: Paradise Found”!
Music by Michael Daugherty, Karl Jenkins, and Eric Whitacre
Arranged by Steven Vento
Program and Visual Design by Michael Raiford
Join us Thursday, April 7th at 7:30pm in the Akins HS Gymnasium for the 2016 Winterguard Showcase. We will feature performances by the award winning Akins Varsity, Akins Junior Varsity, and Paredes Cadet Winterguards.
We will conclude the event with the release of the trailer for the 2016 Marching Production.
See you there!
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Please come and support the Akins Band by enjoying a fantastic plate of BBQ this Saturday.
Donations for plates will be accepted in the Akins Fine Arts parking lot from 11am to 2pm on Saturday. Tickets are available from any Akins Band student or can be obtained for a donation on the day of the event.
We look forward to some great food and fellowship with our supporters!