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Solo & Ensemble Contest: Top-ranked musicians advance

Cotulla HS Band members earning Division I ‘Superior’ ratings at UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest

Dilley HS Band members earning Division I ‘Superior’ ratings at UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest

High school band students from Frio and La Salle counties have been awarded Division I ratings of ‘Superior’ for their performances in the annual University Interscholastic League Solo & Ensemble Contest and have advanced to the state competition.
In order to qualify for the Texas State UIL event, students must have earned the highest attainable scoring for performances of college-level Class 1 pieces of music – regarded as the most advanced for high school musicians – and have played the pieces from memory for judges.
Auditions were held during the week before Spring Break in a reverse version of previous competitions, with judges traveling to area high schools instead of students gathering in large numbers at a single site. The measure took effect last year during the coronavirus pandemic due to health and safety concerns.
The UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest will be held Memorial Day weekend at the end of May.
From Dilley ISD, students with Division I ratings include high schoolers and a record number of 8th graders; 14 advance to the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest: Lillibeth Mullins, flute; Alexis Valdez, clarinet; Mirabella Castaneda, Briana Gauna (8th grade), Lillibeth Mullins, Alyssa Rios (8th grade), and Jozlin Rodriguez (8th grade), flute choir; Billy Hernandez, tuba; Jacob Garcia (8th grade), Billy Hernandez, Daniel Kelley, and Dhylan Moreno (8th grade) tuba quartet; and Sean Kelley, snare drum.
Also earning Division I ratings for Dilley were Klaudya Garcia, flute; Alejandro Alvarez, bass clarinet; Kathryn Garcia, bass clarinet; Josiah Mendez, alto saxophone; Saul Gauna, baritone saxophone; Alejandro Alvarez, Ahlyvia Navarro (8th grade), Hailey Gonzales, and Alexis Valdez, clarinet quartet; Saul Gauna, Josiah Mendez, Julia Ramirez, and Isabella Villasana, saxophone quartet; Daniel Kelley, trombone; Tiziano Torres, trombone; Benjamin Gonzales, baritone; Katalina Cordova, Daniel Kelley, and Tiziano Torres, trombone trio; Santos Perez, marimba and snare drum solos; Mia Aranda, marimba; Amos Osio, marimba; and Alyssa Sambrano, snare drum.
Cotulla ISD students with Division I ratings include 29 in solo and ensemble performances, of whom 15 advance to the state competition.
French horn soloist Jadrian Rodriguez advances to the state contest from Cotulla, and also performs with the state-advancing brass ensemble, whose other members are Brandon Rodriguez, Demetrius Del Real, Isaiah Saldivar, Esteban Alba, Reanna Charo, Jasmyn Galvan, Jada Teneyuca, Jaden Linares, Marko Cantu, Jesus Garza, Adrian Lopez, Melanie Aguero, and Luis Benavidez.
Also earning Division I ratings for Cotulla were soloists Jeremia Gonzalez, Arturo Gonzalez, Adriana Lopez, Amanda Renteria, Alexandra Alcocer, Marko Cantu, and John Marley; and the percussion ensemble of Emma Reynolds, Sara Adams, Robert Ochoa, Donovan Nance, Nevia Gonzalez, Kaleb Linares, and Devon Garcia.
Results from Pearsall ISD’s band student auditions will be published when they are made available by the school district.