History of the SNJH Band
North Junior High opened its doors in August 2005. The very first SNJH
Band had 150 members and was under the direction of Mr. Joe Menchaca,
Ms. Cathi Quick and Mr. Terry Shingler. The Varsity and Non-Varsity
Bands competed in UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, with both bands
earning the UIL Sweepstakes Award, beginning a tradition of excellence
that continues to this day.
2007, the SNJH Band program came under the leadership of Mr. Arnold
Salinas, and after seven years under his direction, the SNJH Band has
become one of the top programs in the entire Valley. By earning top
ratings at various contests, including the prestigious Sweepstakes award
at the annual UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest for eleven consecutive years, we have ensured our place in the band world of the
Rio Grande Valley. In recent years, SNJH has also been among the three
schools earning the most chairs in the All-Region Bands.
In August of 2015, the SNJH Band program enters a new chapter of its
history as the feeder school to the new Sharyland Pioneer High School
and under the leadership of Mrs. Monica Blum, Richard Cerrillo, and Randy Sifuentes. The SNJH band staff is excited to
continue working for the students of SNJH and
hopes to continue and build upon the tradition of excellence her predecessors put in place.
the support of our administration, staff, and parents, our students
have reached an extremely high level of musicianship that belies their
young age, but we always remember our motto: "THE BEST IS YET TO COME!"
WE ARE NORTH!!