Amarillo High


The Amarillo High School Golden Sandie Bands are recognized as among the premier educational performing ensembles in Texas, as well as in the United States.  The bands have developed a reputation for mature performances of sophisticated wind literature and are known for their commitment to artistic integrity.  

Students in the band program take great pride in their commitment to task and willingness to work hard to achieve a common goal.  Not every student in the program will become a virtuoso musician.  However, our expectations are that every student will establish both short and long term goals for improvement on his/her instrument, and will exhibit mature, responsible attitudes and actions at all times. The band program exists to provide an excellent music education for the students.  This is achieved through individual study and varied performances in many venues, both marching and concert, supporting a curriculum which places an emphasis on comprehensive musicianship.  Performance opportunities include large ensembles, chamber ensembles and solos.  The skills that band students acquire in these activities are directly related to skills necessary for auditions, presentations and interviews in other career fields. 

Members of the Amarillo High School Band participate in the Golden Sandie Marching Band in the fall semester and in one of two outstanding concert bands during the spring semester. Opportunities are also available at Amarillo High School for performance in an outstanding jazz band. The color guard is the visual “icing on the cake” of the marching band.The combination of flags, “weapons” - rifles, and sabers, along withdance and other body movement complement the music and marching maneuvers of the winds and percussion.

The Amarillo High School “drum line” is one of the most popular ensembles in our school. The high profile (almost celebrity) status that the drum line has attained is largely due to performances at the AHS pep rallies and performances at other events in the Amarillo community. 

Opportunities are also provided for those who wish to develop their leadership skills.  There is an extensive student leadership program, and student leaders are relied upon to help achieve organizational goals. The Band Aides, and student officers provide service, assistance, and leadership to the directors and the entire band. The Loading Crew - “LC” provide the muscle, organization and leadership necessary to move equipment, and organize the logistical needs of our band. 

Social skills are also developed. Participation in band enables the students to form close friendships within the school through their collaborative efforts and the opportunity to work with their peers as part of a team.  As a member of the Sandie Band program, students make long-lasting friendships and develop a sense of camaraderie that is unique to our organization. Organizational goals are clearly established, and the students depend heavily on each other to achieve them.  As a result, the concepts of responsibility, teamwork and good citizenship will develop as eachstudent experiences the world of music.
The ultimate goal of the program  is to produce graduates who are knowledgeable about music, can perform successfully with confidence, can operate within a structured framework, and can work to develop the skills necessary to continually become a better life long musician.  In addition, the program strives to produce informed adults of high integrity who understand and appreciate music and musicians, and who will foster the continuing development of artistic endeavors in their community.

 Director Bruce Collins

Bruce CollinsBruce Collins is Director of Bands at Amarillo High School in Amarillo,Texas. Before moving to Amarillo, he held a similar position at Pampa High School for 12 years preceded by 7 years as Head Director at Pampa Middle School. While in Pampa, the Pampa High School band and Pampa Middle School bands that he conducted received consistent first division ratings in UIL Marching, Concert, and Sight reading, outstanding band recognition at national festivals and advanced to the state honor band competition three times, finishing 2nd in 1988 and 5th in 1990. Mr. Collins other teaching positions include a year at Gruver High School, where his marching band was a participant in the 1985 UIL State Marching contest and seven years in Midland where he taught at Alamo Junior High and Robert E. Lee High School.

A graduate of Clovis High School, where he was a member of the band led by nationally acclaimed director Norvil Howell, Collins attributes the education and mentoring by Mr. Howell as the inspiration for a career as a music educator. With both the Bachelors and Masters degrees from West Texas State University, he considers the instruction, mentoring and encouragement from Dr. Gary Garner and Dr. Harry Haines to be the most significant influences on his professional career. Collins professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, where he serves as Region 1 Band Chairman, Texas Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu. He and his wife Julie have enjoyed a wonderful career together as band directors and are most proud of their sons, Alex and Matthew, who are outstanding students, as well as musicians.

AHS Band Cluster Directors
                                                 Tom Jones/Wildskies Photography
Left to Right:
Mike Ellis, Bonham Middle School Director
Bruce Collins, AHS Head Director
Barry Blackwell, Crockett Middle School Director
Julie Collins, AHS
 Associate Director
Scott Myers, AHS Associate Director
Gretta Johnson, AHS Color Guard
Doyle Corder - AHS Percussion Assistant (not pictured)




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