The Maus Band Program
Maus Middle School opened in the Fall of 2010 and is named after Mrs. Libby Cash Maus. The school is located in Frisco, Texas and is a part of the Frisco Independent School District. The elementary schools that currently feed Maus MS are Sem Elementary, Tadlock Elementary, and a partial amount from Mooneyham Elementary and Norris Elementary.
The Maus Wind Ensemble is an esteemed program in Frisco and the state of Texas. The 2016-2017 Wind Ensemble placed 8th in the state of Texas in the 2C Honor Band contest. The 2015-2016 Wind Ensemble was named a Commended Winner in the Foundation for Music Education “Mark of Excellence” contest, and the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Wind Ensembles were named National Winners, chosen as one of the best from around the nation!
The Maus bands also receive consistent sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contests each year. Most recently the Wind Ensemble was named “Best 2C Varsity Band” and “Best MIddle School Band” at the Peak Festival at the Eisemann Center in 2017. The Maus Symphonic Band and Concert band were also named “Best in Class” at the “Beach Within Reach” contest in the Spring of 2015.
The Maus MS “Sound of Pride” Band opened in 2010 with 120 band students in grades 6-8. By Fall 2017 the band program has grown to around 270 members! The Maus Band is the largest organization at Maus Middle School. There are three 7th and 8th grade bands, whose membership is based on musical ability and not by grade level. Beginning Band classes are divided into like-instrument classes in order to teach instrumental skills more efficiently and include: Flute, Oboe/Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium/Tuba and Percussion beginner classes. We also offer a Beginner Jazz Band in March every year, and have the Jazz Collective and Jazz Band that begin in October.
The Beginner Band is the first step in your journey as a member of the Maus Middle School Band. Students in the Beginner Band will enjoy instrument specific classes where they can learn to play their chosen instrument in a small-group setting. No previous musical background is required. Students will learn how to play their instrument in a fun environment designed to teach all of the skills necessary to perform concerts for your family and friends!
The Beginner Band will perform several concerts throughout the first year. We will have our Beginner Demonstration Concert in the fall, a Winter Concert in December and a Spring Concert in May, as well as travel to the Sandy Lake Amusement Park to compete in the FunFest music festival.
The Beginner Band is primarily made up of 6th grade students, but we love beginners of any age!
The Concert Band is our next step after Beginning Band. The Concert Band performs at our Fall Concert, Italian Dinner Concert in December, Pre UIL and UIL evaluations, and a Spring Concert in May. The Concert Band also performs at school pep rallies, football games, outside competitions and invitational festivals. The Concert Band consists of 7th/8th grade students that have completed Beginning Band.
The Symphonic Band is an intermediate/advanced ensemble designed to emphasize continued individual development in areas such as technique, tone, and music literacy. Students are encouraged to participate in the All Region audition learning process to help build those individual skills. The Symphonic Band performs at our Fall Concert, Italian Dinner Concert in December, Pre UIL and UIL evaluations, and a Spring Concert in May. They will also perform at school pep rallies, football games, outside competitions and invitational festivals. The Symphonic Band consists of 7th/8th grade students that have completed Beginning Band. Admission is by audition with strict adherence to instrumentation guidelines.
The Wind Ensemble is our most advanced ensemble designed to emphasize continued individual development in areas such as technique, tone, and music literacy. The Wind Ensemble performs at our Fall Concert, Italian Dinner Concert in December, Pre UIL and UIL evaluations, and a Spring Concert in May. They will also perform at school pep rallies, football games, outside competitions and invitational festivals. The Wind Ensemble also travels to compete in various North Texas area performance festivals as well as records for state and national contests. Students in the Wind Ensemble are expected to participate in the All Region learning process. The Wind Ensemble consists of mostly 8th grade students with admission by audition with strict adherence to instrumentation guidelines.
Jazz Band and Jazz Collective
The Jazz Band and Jazz Collective are an extension of the Maus Band program that aims to encourage the development of various improvisational skills and serves as an introduction to new styles of music. Students who participate in Jazz Band will receive instruction on various jazz and pop music styles of recent history. We will rehearse once a week after school starting in October until a cluster Jazz Concert in May. Auditions will be held to determine group placement. In the Spring, we also offer a Beginner Jazz Band that will meet outside of school hours and we will perform on the cluster Jazz Concert as well.