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Students from the Dilley and Cotulla high school bands traveled to Eagle Pass on Saturday, February 4, to compete in the annual University Interscholastic League Region Solo & Ensemble contest, returning with medals for their superior performance and a select number advancing to the state competition.
Seats at the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest have been awarded to three soloists and a quartet from Dilley High School.
In order to earn state advancement, students must perform a Class 1 piece of music, listed as the most challenging for a high school player, entirely from memory in front of a panel of judges and earn a Division I rating of “Superior.”
Dilley’s Billy Hernandez earned advancement to the state competition with a Division I rating for his tuba solo as well as part of a quartet, joining fellow state contestants Jacob Garcia, Daniel Kelley and Dhylan Moreno with medals.
Also advancing to the state contest from Dilley are Sean Kelley as a snare drum soloist, and flute soloist Klaudya Garcia.
Further Division I ratings at Eagle Pass went to Dilley’s flute trio of Harleigh Morales, Briana Gauna and Alyssa Rios; and to flute soloist Emmaly Morales.
Cotulla High School band members returning from the region competition at Eagle Pass with Division I ratings of “Superior” included Alexandra Alcocer on clarinet, Jaden Linares on French horn, Jade Lozano on clarinet, and Emma Reynolds on marimba.
Pearsall High School competes at a different venue in its UIL region events. Results for the Maverick Band’s solo and ensemble performers and any advancing to the state competition will be published when they are made available by directors.
The UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest will be held in May.