Chris Kanicki will be in his first year as Director of Bands at Trinity High School for our 2022-2023 season, having previously served as Direct or Bands at Summit High School for 7 years, and Assistant Director for four years. Prior to his tenure at Summit, Mr. Kanicki was an Assistant Director at Alice High School and William Adams Middle School in Alice ISD. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at the University of Miami where he studied saxophone with Dale Underwood, and his Masters of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mr. Kanicki’s concert ensembles have earned consecutive ‘Sweepstakes’ awards for the past 14 years in the UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluations. The Summit Wind Symphony has earned distinction as ‘Best in Class’ at festivals across the state, has been selected as a ‘National Winner’ in the National Wind Band Mark of Excellence in 2021, 2019, and 2017, and a ‘Commended Winner’ in 2018 and 2016. The Summit Wind Symphony performed at the Midwest International Band Clinic in 2017, and received the Sudler Flag of Honor in 2022.
Marching Bands under the director of Mr. Kanicki have also earned distinction at both local and statewide marching contests. The Summit High School Marching Band has earned ‘Best in Class,’ ‘Best in Contest,’ and numerous caption awards at competitions throughout the North Texas Area. The Summit Marching Band are three time Bands of America finalists, were Regional Champions in class 3A in 2019, Silver Medalists in 2021, and have been Area B finalists 7 times. The marching band competed at the 5A State Marching Championship in 2021 for the first time in school history. The Alice High School Marching Band also competed at the 4A State Marching Contest in 2007 and 2009.
Mr. Kanicki’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Associations, and Texas Music Adjudicators Associations. He currently resides in Mansfield, TX where he enjoys scenic drives in his car and traveling with friends and family.