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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle band director Johnson elected to prestigious group

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Argyle ISD director of bands Kathy Johnson was recently elected to the American Bandmasters Association. Membership to the organization is by invitation only in recognizing the exceptional achievements of band conductors and composers.

The American Bandmasters Association was founded in 1929 with John Philip Sousa as honorary life president. The current membership has about 300 band conductors and composers in the United States and Canada and 80 associate memberships for music businesses that provide major services to bands and publication of band music.

Johnson graduated from the University of North Texas, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music. She is completing her 10th year as the director of bands at Argyle High School and 29th year of teaching. Her responsibilities at AISD include directing the high school’s marching band, wind ensemble and symphonic band, teaching the beginner flute class and overseeing the instrumental music program in both the middle school and high school.

Under her direction, the AHS marching band was awarded the 2014 Texas Exemplary High School Band Program award and was first runner-up in the 2014 Texas Honor Band competition. It has also performed at the Texas Music Education Conference as the 3A State Honor Band in 2009, performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2007 and is the reigning Class 3A state marching band champion. The band also was state champions in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Both high school concert bands, for which Johnson is responsible, consistently earn Superior and "Best in Class" awards at the various festivals.

“I am honored to be a member of this extraordinary organization and will work alongside these individuals in this international effort to promote and nurture music education at all levels,” Johnson said of her election to the American Bandmasters Association.

Free library

receives donation

Argyle Little Free Library received a donation recently of more than 100 children’s books and magazines from Argyle resident Bob Swanbeck.

“I hope area kids are led to a life of books and the power of stories,” said Swanbeck, whose donations were previously used by his grandchildren.

Argyle Little Free Library coordinator Patti Smith said all the ALF Libraries will have one of the “Don’t Forget Your Manners” book sets: Please, Excuse Me, Sorry, Thank You by Flying Frog (author). Each of the ALFL locations will also have a Highlights magazine and a National Geographic Kids magazine.

“I am thrilled with this latest donation, and it will enable the libraries to be well stocked with children’s books for many months,” Smith said.

Argyle Little Free Library locations are: Real Estate Station, 702 U.S. Highway 377; Edward Jones, 100 Country Club Road #100; PointBank, 302 North U.S. Highway 377; and Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

Organizations

The Argyle Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday following a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. For more information, contact Deborah Cottle at dcottle@temporah.com.

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce meets the third Tuesday of every month for breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive.

The chamber office is in Point Bank, 302 U.S. Highway 377. For more information, visit www.argylechamber.org or call 940-464-9990.

The Argyle Senior Center meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. The ASC has a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of every month at noon.

Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone age 55 and older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.

Keep Argyle Beautiful meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. Keep Argyle Beautiful preserves and enhances the town’s natural environment through educational and motivational programs, and special events.

For more information, visit keepargylebeautiful.com or contact Deborah Cottle via email at dcottle@temporah.com.

 

 

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is www.argylebooks.com. She can be reached at lynn@argylebooks.com.