MIDDLE SCHOOLERS EARN PLACES ON REGION BANDS

Auditions were held Saturday, January 23, for middle school students across South Texas vying for places on the Association of Texas Small School Bands’ (ATSSB) All-Region Band, with several from Pearsall, Cotulla and Dilley earning the coveted ranks.

In accordance with health and safety protocols as well as social distancing requirements in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, students submitted recordings of their performances for judging. Traditionally, the students would have traveled in groups to a central location to gather and await their turn in the audition rooms.

Participants in the Region 11 auditions included students from Frio and La Salle counties as well as Devine, Hondo, Pleasanton, Lytle, Stacey, Jourdanton, Sabinal, Natalia and D’Hanis.

Results from Cotulla’s student auditions include 18 students earning places on the bands:

Flute: Ivorie Romero, 3rd chair, Concert Band;

Clarinet: Jade Lozano, 5th chair, Symphonic Band; Alisha Garcia, 7th chair, Symphonic Band;

Saxophone: Oscar Charo, 3rd chair, Symphonic Band:

Trumpet: Saniya Pedraza, 3rd chair, Symphonic Band; Alex Medina, 7th chair, Symphonic Band; Lacey Guzman, 2nd chair, Concert Band; Miabella Perales, 5th chair, Concert Band; Jasmine Montemayor, 14th chair, Concert Band; Araceli Valles, alternate, Concert Band;

Baritone: Victor Moreno, 2nd chair, Symphonic Band;

Tuba: John De la Rosa, 4th chair, Concert Band;

Percussion: Bella Linares, 5th chair, Symphonic Band; Emma Reynolds, 6th chair, Symphonic Band; James Hinojosa, 1st chair, Concert Band; Eric Aldaco, 2nd chair, Concert Band; Elijah Gonzalez, 3rd chair, Concert Band; Allessandra Garcia, 5th chair, Concert Band.

Results from Dilley’s student auditions include six earning places on the ATSSB bands:

Flute: Klaudya Garcia, 1st chair, Symphonic Band: Jozlin Rodriguez, 6th chair, Concert Band; Lynlee Surles, alternate;

Alto Saxophone: Josiah Mendez, 6th chair, Concert Band;

Trumpet: Jonathan Osio, 10th chair, Symphonic Band; Brazos Viesca, 3rd chair, Concert Band.

Results for Pearsall’s middle school band student auditions for the ATSSB will be published when they become available.