From UIL championships to various state and national awards, the Fine Arts Department showcases young talents in theatre, art, choir, band, forensics and dance. Individuals, as well as groups, are recognized annually for their accomplishments and each area provides the community with performances and demonstrations of what the have learned.
The ART DEPARTMENT at Friendswood High School centers on the area of learning that is based upon the visual and tangible arts – drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed medias. We participate in Rodeo Art and Visual Art Scholastic Competition and have earned numerous awards in all of these events. We strongly encourage art students to challenge themselves through Advanced Placement Studio Art. Our National Art Honor Society provides services to local charities and organizations in need.
• Stephanie Chavez, Color Guard Director
• Greg Dick, Head Band Director
• Alyssa Goza, Dance/Wranglerettes
• Doug Grice, Assistant Band Director
• Mandy Harris, Art
• Bob MacWilliams, Nova Net
• Kathy Powdrell, Head Drama Director
• Cheryl Ryne, Team Leader, Forensics Director
• Julio Sanchez, Asst. Band Director
• Melissa Smith, Asst. Choir Director
• Amy Thornton, Drama Teacher
• Michael Tyer, Head Choir Director
• Melissa Victorick, Speech
• Mallory Walker, Dance/ Asst. Wranglerettes
• Mary Giles Wise, Art
The BAND PROGRAM at FHS is nationally known for excellence. The marching band, five concert bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and color guard participate in multiple competitions throughout the year including concerts at FHS. Our bands and color guard have won numerous honors in the Bands of America, TMEA, UIL State Marching Contest, Midwest Clinic, and UIL Sweepstakes Awards. The Color Guard is a WGI Scholastic World Guard and The Wind Ensemble is a two-time state champion. There have been 176 TMEA All-State Band members since 1979.
In addition to participating in all TMEA and UIL competitions throughout the year, the CHORAL DEPARTMENT at Friendswood HS presents three concerts (Fall, Holiday and Spring) yearly, as well as an end-of year Pop Show and pre-game PastaPalooza. We have the privilege of claiming multiple TMEA All-State Choir members annually, and are consistent UIL Sweepstakes award recipients. There are six choirs, including auditioned and non-auditioned groups. The Choral Department also offers Applied Music and AP Music Theory.
The FRIENDSWOOD FORENSICS program at Friendswood HS has been built on a long tradition of excellence, the talent and hard work of its members and the support and encouragement of the Administration of Friendswood High School and FISD. We are happy to boast numerous National Champions & Medalists, National Forensic League All Americans, National Tournament Qualifiers, UIL State Champions and Medalists and Texas Forensic Association Champions & Medalists.
Founded in 1969 by Dr. Myrlene Kennedy, the Friendswood High School MUSICAL was established as an all-school musical production. Performances are the last two weekends in January. Any FHS student, through the audition process, can be part of an enriching process of a performing group on stage through singing, dancing and acting. Students selected for the ensemble, crew, and pit band receive .5 state fine arts credit. In the past 45 years, over 300 students have received musical scholarships. The FHS Musical has been a recipient of several Tommy Tune Awards, including the Best Musical in 2006 for their production of South Pacific.
Friendswood High School THEATRE DEPARTMENT is a nationally recognized Educational Theatre Program. FHS Theatre is a student – centered, discipline based comprehensive theatre program that encourages students to work and collaborate on theatrical projects in class and in after school productions. FHS Theatre offers technical theatre, theatre arts and theatre production. Productions include Mustang Follies Improvisation , Fall and Winter Productions, FHS Musical, Senior Thesis productions and the UIL One-Act Play. FHS UIL One-Act Play has advanced to State 13 times and has had the distinction of winning four State 4-A One-Act Play titles.
In addition to performing during halftime at football games in the Fall, the Friendswood High School WRANGLERETTES participate in several competitions in the Spring. The team has won 18 National Champions. The girls also perform for activities at the school and in the community throughout the year. Being in the Dance Program or as a Wranglerette, students can earn either a fine arts credit or a P.E. credit.