NEWS Staff Report
DONNA – Nine local middle school students represented San Benito at the 2012-13 Texas Music Educators Association All-Region 28 Band clinic and concert on Jan. 25-26.
Tryouts for the prestigious band were held on Jan. 19 at Rivera High School in Brownsville. From over 800 young musicians vying for spots in the band, 273 were selected, including nine of San Benito’s finest middle school musicians. Those chosen had the opportunity to attend the clinic and concert at the Simon Sauceda Auditorium in Donna as part of the All-Region 28 band. Region 28 includes schools ranging from Brownsville to the Mid-Valley.
Miller Jordan Middle School had six musicians tabbed as the area’s best. They include Megan Escobedo (clarinet, member of concert wind symphony), Christopher L. Hernandez (tuba, wind symphony), Javier Hernandez (trombone, honors band), Angela Nuñez (oboe, symphonic winds), Luke Rodriguez (flute, honors band) and Arturo Sanchez (flute, symphonic winds). Javier Hernandez represented the school in the traditional parade of colors that preempted the evening’s musical performances.
Representing Berta Cabaza Middle School as top musicians were Gabriella Beltran (oboe, wind symphony), Damien Rodriguez (trombone, symphonic winds) and Victoria Vasquez (clarinet, symphonic winds). Beltran represented the school in the traditional parade of colors that preempted the evening’s musical performances.
The wind symphony performed first and was led by guest clinician/conductor Tye Ann Payne, a consultant from the Houston area. Their selections included Falcon Fanfare, Take Five and The Greenbelt at Dusk.
The symphonic winds band performed next and was led by guest clinician/conductor Andrew Post, a music educator from the San Antonio area. Their selections included The Tempest, Fiesta De Los Bravo, Elite and Dark Adventure.
The honors band had the final performance of the concert and was led by guest clinician/conductor Rory Davis, a middle school director of bands at Katy ISD. Their selections included Into the Clouds, Gadget and A Distant Light.
The students were honored with commemorative plaques, T-shirts and jacket patches, each designating their selections to the All-Region band.
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