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Tomball High School


Brief History
The Tomball High School Orchestra program has been around for over 10 years, starting with 6th graders only during the 2008-2009 school year, and has continued to grow since. The Tomball HS Orchestra program, and its feeders, have over 400 members enrolled between grades 6-12. Our programs continue to earn UIL Sweepstakes, participate in UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest, and participate in other social and community and events!
Tomball High School Feeders
Tomball HS is fed by three campuses, Creekside Park JH (6th - 8th), and Tomball JH (7th & 8th) which is fed by Tomball Intermediate (6th), and Grand Lakes JH (7th & 8th); THS currently gets 20% of Grand Lakes JH students. All junior high programs have three to four performing ensembles in addition to the homogeneous beginner classes. 
About Tomball High School Orchestra
Tomball High School Orchestra has six performing ensembles: Full Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra,  Concert Orchestra, Concert Red Orchestra, & Sinfonietta Orchestra. Members are placed in ensembles through continued evaluation that may include an audition process. We have incredibly high standards for all students and hold our members to a higher standard that will help them post high school. 

About Kade Schmalz

Kade Schmalz is a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Studies in Strings. Kade has performed with various Texas Orchestras including the Michael Martin Murphy Orchestra, and has performed all over the US including for the Presidential Inauguration in '01 and in the White House in '08. Kade has been in the classroom teaching orchestra over 12 years. As an active teacher, arranger, & performer, he resides in Houston where he is currently the Head Orchestra Director at Tomball High School. In addition to his high school director duties, Kade serves as Camp Director for the Texas State University String Camp, as an active member in Region IX Music, Texas Orchestra Director's Association, and Texas Music Educator's Association.

Kade resides in Houston, TX with his wife, Leah, and three small children. They love to explorer all the parks and many amenities that Houston has to offer.

Kade has been teaching, in the Tomball ISD Orchestra Program since 2010 where he grew the Tomball JH program (6-8) from 43 members to over 150 members. Kade transitioned to the Head Orchestra Director at Tomball High School in 2016 and has continued to grow & develop the program celebrating UIL Sweepstakes Awards. Kade is invested in the Tomball Orchestra program and looks forward to future program successes and accomplishments with each new class.

Email is the BEST way to contact and get information to me. I teach on multiple campuses so please allow at least 24 hours for replies.
Phone: I am available by phone a limited number of minutes/daily. I understand that some conversation are easier over the phone and I prefer phone calls on most occasions. Please call and leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible.
Phone: 281-357-3220 x2515