Welcome to Pine Tree Fine Arts
The Fine Arts Department of PTISD proudly presents performing and visual arts. Students who attend Pine Tree ISD are afforded many opportunities to explore and refine their talents in the areas of visual arts, band, choir, dance, and theatre. The fine arts groups at Pine Tree have a continued tradition of high achievement in UIL activities and have received top awards across the State of Texas.
Feb. 3 - HS Art Students compete at Kilgore College Art Symposium; HS Choir students compete at UIL Solo & Ensemble competition at ETBU
Feb. 11 - HS Art Students compete in VASE Competition at Whitehouse High School
Feb. 17 - UIL Band Solo & Ensemble Competition; hosted at Pine Tree HS
Feb. 18 - JH Cheerleaders compete at Three Lakes Cheer competition in Tyler
Feb. 21 - JH Band Students begin brochure fundraiser to help with summer band camp
Feb. 27 - JH Choir students begin beef jerky fundraiser
Director of Fine Arts
Director of Bands
Mark Melton has completed his 31st year of teaching, with this being his fifth year at Pine Tree ISD in Longview, Texas. He previously taught at Spring Hill (Longview), Lufkin Jr. High East and Union Grove (Gladewater) schools. Under his direction, the Union Grove High School Band earned twenty consecutive UIL Sweepstakes awards and four Texas Music Educator’s Association Honor Band Finalist awards. His Union Grove bands also had three UIL State Marching Contest appearances, as well as numerous Best in Class awards. In his fourth year at Pine Tree, Mr. Melton has had first division rating from all judges at UIL regional contests, resulting in three consecutive UIL Sweepstakes awards and first division ratings from all judges at UIL Marching Contest this year. In addition, numerous Pine Tree band students have advanced to state level instrumental music awards. He was named Director of Fine Arts in 2013. Mr. Melton graduated from Kilgore High School and Stephen F. Austin State University. He is married to Lyric Lyon Melton and has three children: Steven, Philip and Katie, and three grandchildren. Mark Melton enjoys golf, shooting sports, running, snow skiing and cooking. He is a longtime member of ATSSB, TMEA, TMAA, NAMMB and TBA and was inducted into Phi Beta Mu in 2008.