John Paul Stevens High School opened its doors in August of 2005. The school was named for the retired Supreme Court Justice and was built on the site where Pope John Paul II held mass when he visited San Antonio in September of 1987. Principal Harold Maldonado had a unique vision for the school that was based on respect and encouragement and focused heavily on student centered learning. These values have proved to be the springboard for the many successes Steven High School has enjoyed over the years.
The Stevens Band program is a well respected organization on campus, in the Northside community, and throughout San Antonio and Texas. The Sound of Northside is our marching band of over 300 members that entertains audiences throughout the fall with its unique combination of classical, pop, & rock music. The Sound has received numerous 1st place awards in competitions in and around the San Antonio area and is a consistent UIL sweepstakes award winner. Stevens has 4 levels of concert bands that perform numerous concerts throughout the winter and spring every year. Students are placed in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, or Freshmen Band based on an audition that takes place in the spring. The Stevens Wind Ensemble has earned 1st division ratings at UIL in both concert and sightreading since the school opened. Students are also offered performance opportunities through our two Jazz Ensembles, four sections of Instrumental Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. Steven High School also offers AP Music Theory and has an active chapter of the Texas Future Music Educators group. Stevens has the largest colorguard program in Northside ISD. With 60 members, the fall marching guard offers an exciting visual element to our marching band shows. Stevens has 3 competing winterguards that perform in the Texas Color Guard Circuit. We are very proud of our colorguard and all of the pageantry they bring to our program. All of these performing ensembles and enrichment opportunities have helped the Stevens Fine Arts Department grow into the largest fine arts department in Northside ISD. The Stevens Fine Arts Department has received the highest rating of “Exemplary” under the House Bill 5 evaluation system each year that H.B. 5 has been in place.
The Stevens Band Program demonstrates its passion for being a model program by ensuring that all students have an opportunity to learn the most relevant material possible and by demanding that every performance demonstrates high quality learning. Beyond music, the mission of the Steven Band Family is to value showing respect to all we encounter and to teach our members to carry themselves with character and integrity in and out of the halls of John Paul Stevens High School. The Stevens Band believes in earning the applause they receive for their performances and lives by the motto of “No Excuses, Just Results”. It Starts Here.