UIL Physical Forms due Sept 8

REQUIRED Physicals – forms are attached (keep scrolling).

*** IMPORTANT:  Due to COVID-19, requirements for physicals this year are slightly different than last year.  Please read the information below carefully for what is needed from each student based on their status during the 2019-20 school year.

Returning students that were enrolled in Band/Color Guard at LHHS during the 2019-20 school year and any incoming freshman who had a physical on file at their JH campus last year need to submit ONLY the Medical History side of the form (page 1 of the UIL form) prior to September 8th.   You do not need to have a physical completed.

SUBMIT YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY FORM here: https://forms.gle/2fvjCzhGoqhpSYr17

Incoming freshmen and NEW members that were not enrolled in Band/Color guard at LHHS during the 2019-20 school year must submit a completed physical (both sides of the UIL form attached) UNLESS they had a physical on file at their JH campus that was completed between May 2019 and now.

Students that have not turned in a completed physical form signed by a physician prior to the start of our season (they must have been cleared for participation by the physician as well) will not be able to participate in any band/guard activities until it is completed (passed) and turned in.

Physicals may be completed in a number of different ways – it’s totally up to each family!  Here are the options you have for completing your son/daughter’s physical…

1.      Schedule an appointment with your family physician – cost determined by your insurance/physician.

2.      Schedule an appointment at an urgent care clinic – cost determined by your insurance/physician.

§  CareNow is currently offering discounted $20 physicals!

If getting a physical, you will need to take a copy of the attached UIL Medical History and Pre-participation Physical Examination forms (2 pages – link is below & attached to this email) with them to be completed by the physician at their physical examination.  

Link to UIL physical form –    https://www.uiltexas.org/files/athletics/forms/PrePhysFormRvsd4_24_20.pdf

SUBMIT your Medical History Form and/or Physical form HERE: https://forms.gle/2fvjCzhGoqhpSYr17

The Google form requires you to sign-in with a Google account in order to upload a document.  If you do not have a Google account, either sign-in with your student’s g.risd.org account or email your file directly to Ms. Jones (sarah.jones@risd.org).  If you have any questions, please e-mail Ms. Jones!

Mon 17th Aug -Zoom Q&A – What will Fall 2020 Marching Band look like

Good afternoon Wildcat Band,

I hope you are all having a great weekend!  We had a blast teaching Virtual Band Camp last week and our students were awesome!
On Monday evening, you are invited to a Q&A on Zoom about what Marching Band looks like in RISD for Fall 2020.
Afterwards, a Google form will be sent out to band families at all RISD High School campuses to get feedback on “opting-in” to Marching Band for the Fall semester.
Below is the information for the Zoom meeting:
Topic: Marching Band Q&A
Time: Aug 15, 2020 07:00 PM
If you did not receive the Zoom link from the Charms email, please email one of the co-presidents and they will help you get connected.

Maria Sandoval

Even if you don’t have any questions and just want to listen and get walked through the Marching Band form, we’d love to have you join us!

Levi Chavis

Director of Bands

Fine Arts Coordinator

Lake Highlands High School

Office: (469) 593-1057


Day 2 of Summer Band

Good morning Wildcat Band,

The link to the  Virtual Summer Band Schedule should be correct for all masterclass links.
Here are just a few reminders going into Day 2 of camp:
– Plan to get on the Zoom a few minutes early so that we can start right at 4:30 pm.
– Please have your video on if possible.
– It’s OK if you missed Day 1 – we still want you to join us!
– All materials needed are posted in your band’s Google Classroom.
If you’re NOT at camp, we need to know why! Please fill out this Google Form to notify us of your absence: https://forms.gle/nTqwUiR4pK3VWhz16
This will really help the staff as we are planning for Face-to-face AND Virtual instruction over the next few weeks!
Thank you for supporting our band students as we navigate all of this – we appreciate our parents!
See you this afternoon,
Mr. Chavis

Meet our awesome new Junior High Directors

Forest Meadow Junior High Directors

Mrs. Allyson Whitsitt, Director of Bands

Mrs. Allyson Whitsitt is in her first year as Director of Bands at Forest Meadow Junior High in Richardson ISD. She recently completed her final year as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Sam Houston State University where she earned her Masters in Instrumental Conducting. While at SHSU, she conducted pieces with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and assisted with the Bearkat Marching Band. She also performed with the wind ensemble at TMEA and was a member of the CBDNA Intercollegiate band.

Prior to graduate school, Mrs. Whitsitt was a Band Director at Byrd Middle School in Duncanville ISD.  She taught the Non-Varsity and Sub Non-Varsity bands as well as beginner woodwind classes at Brandenburg and Daniel Intermediate Schools. Mrs. Whitsitt was also the Middle School Coordinator for TMEA Region 20 from 2016—2018.

Mrs. Whitsitt earned her Bachelors degree in Music Education degree at Sam Houston State University. While earning her Bachelors, she performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and was a Drum Major for the Bearkat Marching Band. Mrs. Whitsitt is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity as well as Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority.

Mrs. Whitsitt is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Women Band Directors International. Mrs. Whitsitt currently resides in Rowlett with her husband, Michael Whitsitt and their two dogs.

Mr. Kyle Emiliani, Assistant Band Director

Mr. Kyle Emiliani is beginning his first year as the Assistant Band Director at Forest Meadow Junior High. Although he is from the Houston area, he is very excited to begin his new career at FMJH in Richardson ISD!

Mr. Emiliani recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at SHSU, he studied Bass Trombone with Ben Osborne and performed in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Bearkat Marching and Basketball Bands, and the Symphony Orchestra, including a performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention!

When he is not teaching music, Mr. Emiliani enjoys fishing, golf, basketball, video games, and spending time with family and friends.

Lake Highlands Junior High Directors

Mrs. Christina Langer, Director of Bands

Mrs. Christina Langer is the Director of Bands at Lake Highlands Junior High in Richardson ISD. Her responsibilities include conducting the Honors Band, teaching beginning classes at elementary feeders, and assisting with the Symphonic and Concert Bands. She oversees the band program at Lake Highlands Junior High School as well as the 6th graders at our feeder elementary campuses (Northlake, Lake Highlands, Thurgood Marshall, Wallace, and White Rock).

Mrs. Langer grew up in Lewisville, TX and went to Hebron High School. After high school, she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor of Music, manga cum laude. While at Texas Tech she performed in various ensembles such as The Goin’ Band, Court Jesters, Symphonic Band, University Band and Trumpet Ensemble. She had the opportunity to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, the National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild.

She lives in Carrollton with her husband Ryan and her two Miniature Australian Shepard dogs Bear and Bella. When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time with friends and family, biking, playing soccer and cooking.

Mr. Justin Anderson, Assistant Band Director

Mr. Justin Anderson will be starting his first year of teaching as an Assistant Band Director at Lake Highlands Junior High in Richardson ISD. His responsibilities include co-conducting the Symphonic and Concert ensembles, as well as teaching beginner classes at the feeder elementary schools. 

Growing up in San Antonio, Mr. Anderson attended Ronald Reagan High School. During his senior year of high school, Mr. Anderson was an All-State musician on French horn. He then went to Texas Tech University to study Music Education. While at Tech, Mr. Anderson performed in the University Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Goin’ Band, and many chamber groups. He graduated in December of 2019 with his Bachelor of Music. 

While he is not teaching, Mr. Anderson enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing racquetball, and hitting the trails on his mountain bike.

Mr. Daniel Hellrung, Assistant Band Director

Mr. Daniel Hellrung is one of the Assistant Band Directors at Lake Highlands Junior High School. His responsibilities include co-conducting the Symphonic and Concert ensembles, as well as teaching beginner classes at the feeder elementary schools. 

Mr. Hellrung is originally from the Austin area where he was a Drum Major at Lake Travis High School. In 2020, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southern Methodist University. With the saxophone as his primary instrument, he has played in a variety of concert and jazz ensembles.

In his free time, Mr. H enjoys making pour-over coffee, camping, and woodworking as well as cooking new and exotic dinners at home.

Have a great week!

Levi Chavis

Virtual Summer Band Schedule

Good evening Wildcat Band,

We are excited to see you this week for our 2020 Virtual Summer Band!  Click here for the  Virtual Summer Band daily schedule and ALL zoom links needed for camp.

Here’s a quick summary of the schedule:


4:30-5:00 pm Movement Class

5:10-6:00 pm Instrumental Masterclasses


4:30-5:20 pm Instrumental Masterclasses

5:30-6:00 pm Informational Meeting w/Band Directors

Dress up/Spirit days are also listed on the attachment – tomorrow is Pajama Day!

All classes will be taught by LH Cluster Band Directors.  Please see below for who your masterclass teacher is AND updated bios for ALL of our Junior High Band Directors!

Flute/Oboe: Mr. Singleton

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: Mrs. Whitsitt

Saxophone: Mr. Hellrung

Trumpet: Mrs. Langer

French Horn: Ms. Jones

Trombone: Mr. Emiliani

Euphonium/Tuba: Mr. Anderson

Percussion: Mr. Smit

Color Guard: Mr. Martinez


LHHS Band Updates 8/6/2020

Good afternoon Wildcat Band!

Please see below for some important updates from us.  There are still many unknowns, but as you submit your RISD surveys about Virtual vs. Face to Face school we wanted you to have as much confirmed information as we could.

Virtual Summer Band – next week!

A document will be sent separately with Zoom links, instructions and a breakdown of the schedule. 4:30-6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday!

Enrollment: Virtual vs. Face to Face

What does each option look like?

  • As of right now, Virtual instruction will be focused on primarily individual musicianship as opposed to simulating a “band” via Zoom.  
  • Face to Face instruction will be structured to serve our bands based on placement auditions from the end of the spring semester.  Depending on numbers, we will split up classes into appropriately distanced/sized groups between the HS directors.

What can virtual students participate in? 

  • ALL students will have the opportunity to participate in Marching Band, regardless of if they’re Face to Face or Virtual.
  • If a Virtual student is in the Wind Ensemble, Percussion or Color Guard (1st period band classes), they CAN attend 1st period band class in person everyday.

Marching season – what will this look like?

Before-school rehearsals

Tentatively 2 days a week, 7:00-8:15 am

Football games 

Travel guidelines for RISD are currently being discussed.  Once those are determined, we will know more about our FB (Football) game schedule and the logistics involved.

We are working on a format that allows us to learn a distanced field show to perform at Football games and will also perform in the stands while maintaining social distancing

Marching Contests

RISD Marching Bands will not be attending marching contests this semester.

Safety Precautions

Students will be expected to wear masks at all times while indoors and any time they are not actively participating in physical activity.  More details will be sent out prior to in-person rehearsals.

Social distancing

Students will be expected to follow ALL protocols defined by the program before returning to school/practice in person.

Daily Screener

There will be a daily screening process for everyone when they come to campus.  This will involve answering whether you have been in close proximity to anyone with COVID symptoms, if you have been exhibiting any symptoms and a temperature check.

Band Fees

We are actively working to lower fees based on what marching season will look like, but until more details are decided we do not have a specific number set.

We miss you very much and look forward to virtually seeing you on Monday afternoon!!

Levi Chavis
Director of Bands
Fine Arts Coordinator
Lake Highlands High School
Office: (469) 593-1057

LHHS Virtual Band Camp 2020

Hello Wildcat Band!

We are currently making preparations for a VIRTUAL summer band camp for the Lake Highlands HS Band!

This camp is completely optional and is provided as a way for students to reconnect with their friends and band directors before school starts.  

Band Directors from Forest Meadow JH and Lake Highlands JH will be helping us teach the camp along with the LHHS Band Staff… so this promises to be a great way for our new 9th graders to easily connect with their new “second home” in the LH Wildcat Band!

Activities include:

  • Section time in zoom breakout rooms to meet and hang out with the other students in your section
  • Section master classes on concert instruments to help you start back up on your personal musical development
  • Informational session with Mr. Chavis to discuss back-to-school plans (covering both what in-person and online classes may look like)

Monday through Thursday

August 10 – August 13

4:30-6:00 pm on Zoom

No registration required, more detailed information will be sent through Charms by the end of the week!  Let me know if you have any questions or requests for fun virtual activities that we could consider!

Levi Chavis
Director of Bands
Fine Arts Coordinator
Lake Highlands High School
Office: (469) 593-1057