Raider Echo

From the Bottom to the Top

From the Bottom to the Top

Emily Molden, Photo Editor

December 1, 2017


Filed under Features

Separated from the main body of band, standing tall on a platform, senior Jesse Aguilar raises his white gloved arms at the command of the band director. In unison, the four drum majors begin to conduct. The road to drum major wasn’t one without trials and tribulation. Aguilar started off high sc...

Isaac McMillan

Isaac McMillan

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez and Braedon Harris

September 6, 2017


Filed under Raiders of North Garland

“Band has taught me to do hard work,” Isaac McMillan, 11. “Also I just want to have fun and it’s fun to be in band. It’s just a really good crowd.”

Ian Burns

Ian Burns

Emily Molden, Photo Editor

September 16, 2016


Filed under Raiders of North Garland

"I play the baritone because it isn't the oboe. I chose baritone in seventh grade because sax was too expensive, my arms are too short to play trombone, and I didn't really have a reason not to play trumpet, so I got the next best thing. I've played a total of five years. Band is probably the best thing...

Band and Color Guard trip to Memphis

Band and Color Guard trip to Memphis

Hannah Majerczyk, Reporter

May 20, 2016


Filed under Uncategorized

The crowd was gathered at Graceland, where Elvis once performed, for a high school band concert. Two girls prepared for an unforgettable performance. As the band began to play, the Color Guard ran out to start their routine. Sophomore Cheyenne Williams danced to the music as senior Joy Omorojie led...

Bond election affects band

Bond election affects band

Karla Romero, Reporter

November 21, 2014


Filed under News

Ruth Varghese As part of the GISD Bond that was passed on Nov. 4,  the school will receive money to put toward the fine arts programs, specifically band and orchestra. “They won’t purchase any instruments or anything like that with this money,” band director Todd Toney said. “It’s strictly construction, which is kinda nice, because the o...

Raider Rewind

Raider Rewind

Ruth Varghese, photographer

November 26, 2013


Filed under Entertainment, Photos

Some of the traditions the NG Raiders hold go back to the beginning, when North Garland first opened its doors in 1971.   Always shootin’ to fry the Colonels, the NG Raider Band used to (and still do) wear KFC buckets on their heads in the customary walk-through pep rally before the varsity f...

Band students share passion for music

Band students share passion for music

Elise Coleman, Editor-in-Chief

November 26, 2013


Filed under In-Depth

  Devaughn Durham He dashes toward the sideline, saxophone in tow. He glides past the trumpets and through the trombones, making sure he doesn’t collide with either. Every day after school, sophmore Devaughn Durham has practiced this transition, so now, he is sure in his footing.  After safely making it to the sideline, he positions his saxoph...

For My Alma Mater; Senior advocates school spirit, positivity

Alma Lopez, Assistant editor

October 15, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Some of the Mam’selles try to hold in their giggles as the Raider Rowdies mimic their pre-game routine. I look back and I see my fellow Rowdies on the football field lined up in the middle of the two rows of sparkly-uniformed Mam’selles, the football players huddled up at the very end of our line....

Reunited with honor

Elise Coleman, Assistant Editor

December 13, 2012


Filed under Features

They stand on the football field as they did five or even 10 years ago. They stand with their trumpets in hand, nervously replaying the anthem in their heads while eyeing the crowd, remembering the time when a different man, Frank Reed, conducted them. Now, they stand once again, honoring him and his...