LaTerrian Perkins qualified to advance to the State UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest in May. LaTerrian memorized a class one solo on the snare drum.
“The students have been working on their solos since returning to school after the Christmas break,” said Nanch Hesch, band director.
Musicians who earned top ratings include Jim LaFond on snare drum; Jessica Vasquez, clarinet; LaTerrian Perkins, snare drum; Garrett Wineman, trumpet; and Alicia Canchola, French horn.
Morgan Klaevemann on saxophone and Sarah Reimen-schneider on trumpet scored an excellent rating of two on their solos.
The Junior High School Band students also earned medals by scoring a superior rating on their solos. Medal winners include Lizbeth Delgado on flute; Leslie Garcia on flute, Kelsey Lawson on French horn, Jaden Enriques on snare drum, Aimee Aranda on saxophone, Kristina Mancilla on clarinet, Emma Rose on clarinet, Larissa Solis on flute, and Alan Guerra, who scored an Excellent rating of two.
Other winners include Adrian Henderson on saxophone, Taylor Odom on flute, Gina Allen on snare drum, Destinee Williams on clarinet, Marlen Padron on clarinet, Jacob Skrobarcek on French horn, Clara Aguirre and Dylan Jaso, who scored an excellent rating of a two.
Also earning a second medal by scoring a superior rating on a clarinet trio are Destinee Williams, Kristina Mancilla and Emma Rose.
This year the number of students participating in the contest almost tripled. Last year, 10 student competed, with seven earning medals.
“I attribute the greater number (of student awards) to practice time in class, accompaniment cds and percussion as a separate class,” Hesch said.
In the previous year, one percussionist participated and this year six competed.
In order to help the musicians, the director created cds for each student to practice with at home and at school. Hesch also played their part on the amplified keyboard until they no longer needed help. The extra effort paid off.
On April 11, 12 both the high school and junior high bands will compete in the UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest in Sinton.
The bands will perform for the public at the annual Spring Concert on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. All bands and drum lines in 6th through 12th grades will participate.