High School Band Students Advance to UIL State Contest
Both Abilene High School and Cooper High School band students competed in the University Interscholastic League Region Solo and Ensemble competition on Feb. 23 at Abilene Wylie High School. AISD had students advance to the UIL Texas State solo and Ensemble Contest which will be held June 1-3 at the University of Texas at Austin.
SOLO STATE QUALIFIERS: Qualifying for the UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Austin by earning a first division rating on a Class 1 memorized solo were AHS band students Nathaniel Hernandez and Karissa Ward (clarinet); Coleman Patterson (sax); Parker Fowlkes and Brooke Garduno (horn); Adrian Fowlkes (trumpet); Connor Mullins (trombone); Brian Lester (euphonium); and Zoe Fowlkes, Oscar Rocha, Josh Ward, and Dion Wheeler (percussion).
CHS state qualifiers in Class 1 memorized solo were Kennedy Carmichael (piccolo); Elisa Padilla (flute); Sonali Bhikha (clarinet); Caleb Stone and Sydney Nunn (sax); Amanda Strickland and Cooper Naredo (horn); Robert Tinney (trombone); and Aaron Parras, Hayden Nigro, Jake Aldridge, Miller Bannister, Ricardo Hinojosa, Ronald Alexander, and Tyler Cluck (percussion).
ENSEMBLE STATE QUALIFIERS: Qualifying for state by earning a first division rating on a Class 1 ensemble were AHS students Emmi Carr, Emma Horn, Olivia Marquez, and Bridgette Wright (flute quartet); Kaylee Bentle, Nathaniel Hernandez, Carolyne Perkins, Tayva Viramontes, and Jada Williams (clarinet choir); Nicholas Gonzales, Julia Melson, Abigail Waldrop, Karissa Ward (clarinet quartet); Hayden Forkner, Caleb Queen, Coleman Patterson, Jacob Valdez, Hayden Forkner, Summer Rektenwald, Ema Rodriguez, and Jacob Valdez (sax); Kaylee Bentle, Parker Fowlkes, Sarah McMillion, and Jia Spangler (woodwind ensemble); and Averie Clerkley, Harrison Fields, Zoe Fowlkes, Orion Harris, Aracely Lopez, Terrence Naldoza, and Kristian Zavala, Dakota Drennan, Wyatt Forker, Orion Harris, James Melson, Oscar Rocha, Maddie Rogers, Josh Ward, and Dion Wheeler (percussion).
Ensemble state qualifiers from CHS were Abby Smith, Adriana Salas, Angela Flores, Kennedy Carmichael, and Sydney Forster (flute choir); Eddie Stefan, Erin Gutschke, Madison Warren, Peyton Castillo, Ramiro Padilla, Shelby Payton, Sonali Bhikha, and Stephanie Hamlin (clarinet quartet); Devin Marshall, Dylan Smith, Keegan DelCastillo, and Sydney Nunn (sax quartet); Candace Foster-Johnson, Cory Murillo, John Berube, Kagen Courtois, Matthew Porter, and Nathan Paredes (sax trio); Haliegh Pacatte, Isaac Lock, Zachry Valentine (trumpet trio); Cooper Naredo, Amanda Strickland, and Katie Woodard (horn trio); Jacob Moore, Jeremiah Gonzales, and Robert Tinney (trombone trio); Aaron Parras, Andrew Brokovich, Bailie Borrego, Devonte Russell, Hayden Nigro, Jake Aldridge, Kaleb Moss, Kaleb Reyna, Miller Bannister, Ricardo Hinojosa, Ronald Alexander, Sergio Palma, Trevor Cox, and Tyler Cluck (percussion ensemble).
CLASS 1 SOLO – 1ST DIVISION RATING: Earning a first division rating on a Class 1 solo were AHS band students Emma Horn and Olivia Marquez (flute); Jia Spangler (oboe); Elizabeth Aquino, Nicholas Gonzales, and Jada Williams (clarinet); and Cortney Molina and Summer Rektenwald (sax). Earning a first division rating on a Class 1 solo for CHS were Juliana Gutierrez (flute); Madison Warren (clarinet); Sebastian Tardiff (bassoon); Candace Foster-Johnson, Cory Murillo, and John Berube (sax); Isaac Lock and Maritza Granados (trumpet); Jeremiah Gonzales (trombone); and Matthew Au (tuba).
CLASS 1 ENSEMBLE – 1ST DIVISION RATING: Earning a first division rating on a Class 1 ensemble from AHS were Elias Barrera, Cruz Barrios, Hayden Forkner, Adrian Fowlkes, Parker Fowlkes, Gideon Hancock, Nathaniel Hernandez, Brian Lester, Gustavo Marquez, Houston Miller, Courtney Molina, Connor Mullins, Coleman Patterson, Caleb Queen, Summer Rektenwald, Oscar Rocha, Katie Rogers, Rayven Smith, Jacob Valdez, and Josh Ward (Jazz Ensemble).
CLASS 2 SOLO – 1ST DIVISION RATING: Earning a first division rating on a Class 2 solo were AHS band students Katie Rogers (trombone); Max Kidd (tuba); and Gabriel McCracken (percussion), and CHS students Kayleigh Hopkins (flute); Meredith Clancy (horn); Jacob Harper and Oakley McLamore (trumpet); Darius Conner (euphonium); Colby Gilley and Jared Rafan (trombone); John David King and William Harper (tuba); and Devonte Russell, Kaleb Reyna, Kaylynn Reyna, and Travis Waters (percussion).
CLASS 2 ENSEMBLE – 1ST DIVISION RATING: Earning a first division rating on a Class 2 ensemble were CHS students Elisa Padilla, Lisa Smith, Malia Tedford, and Star Rodriguez (flute quartet); and Jorge Moncayo, Katie Woodard, Meredith Clancy, and Paige Greenwood (horn quartet).
CLASS 3 SOLO – 1ST DIVISION RATING: Earning a first division rating on a Class 3 solo were CHS students Leanne Hernandez (clarinet); Kennedy Bruton (euphonium); and Keke Thompson (trombone).
AISD band students are under the direction of the following teachers: Dr. Jon Kraemer, Tyler Jacks, Christina Hurlbut and Brittany Tawater at AHS; and Clay Johnson, Jenny Reece and Patrick Stevenson at CHS.
11 Musicians form AISD Earn Spots at UIL State Orchestra Contest
Eleven students from orchestra programs of Abilene High and Cooper High qualified for state after competition in the University Interscholastic League Region Solo and Ensemble competition on Feb. 23 at Abilene Wylie High School. These students will advance to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest on June 1-3 in Austin.
SOLO STATE QUALIFIERS: Qualifying for the UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest by earning a first division rating on a Class 1 memorized solo were AHS orchestra students Faith Fang and Andrew Fink (violin); Aubreyanna Embers (viola); Frank Fang, Gabby Garza, and Joel Seca (cello); and CHS students Trinity Fernandez (viola); and Harrison Heatherly and Jared Ripple (cello).
ENSEMBLE STATE QUALIFIERS: Qualifying for the UIL state in Class 1 ensemble were CHS orchestra students Jared Ripple and Elena Yun (duet).
CLASS 1 SOLO – 1ST DIVISION RATING: Earning a first division rating on a Class 1 solo was Angelina Kim (bass) of AHS.
CLASS 2 SOLO – 1ST DIVISION RATING: Earning a first division rating on a Class 2 solo were AHS students Cesar Chavez (violin), Grant Bridge (cello) and Brissa Guzman (bass); and CHS students Janelle Ripple, Adrianne Tijerina and Matheo Vergara (violin).
CLASS 3 SOLO – 1ST DIVISION RATHING: Earning first on a Class 3 solo was Chloe Ramirez (cello) of AHS, and CHS students Alex Beckett, Kimberly Mayer and Natalie Stefan (cello).
AISD high school orchestra students are under the direction of Darcy Radcliffe and Fred Grigg.
Works from eight AISD students will advance to the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event.
Abilene High School and Cooper High School art students participated in the Regional Visual Arts Scholastic Event competition at Abilene Wylie Middle School on Feb. 23. VASE is sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association.
This competition begins at the region level with nearly 20,000 pieces being submitted for judging across the state of Texas. AISD students earned a total of 37 medals for their artwork in the Region 14 competition. Approximately 1,600 pieces advance to the state competition, and the works of eight AISD students will advance to the state competition on April 26-27 in San Marcos.
The artwork of Jordan Hernandez, Vivian Palomarez and Ryley Lawler of AHS, and Kennedy Carmichael, Byrin Hollowell, Kaya Johnson, Dylann Hedger and Michaela Tuncap of CHS advanced to state.
AHS students whose work earned Region medals are Patricia Blanton, Claudia Gallastegui Miranda, Keely Kister, Sarah McMillion, Brittany McNealy, Michelle Oliver, Dalila Rodriguez, Madelyn Rogers, Kelci Walraven, Samuel brooks, Mara Condra, Mary Hannah Emery, Chloe Frazier (2), Madison Gwinn, Destiny Hernandez, Jordan Hernandez, Emma Horn, Kaylee Moreno, Vivian Palomarez (2), Brandon Rodriguez (2), Jia Spangler, Keri Stoker, Isabelle Stultz, Ryley Lawler, Jorden Campbell, Jamie Scudder, and Chloe Frazier.
CHS students whose work earned Region medals are Marissa Fallam, Kenzie Fortson (2), Rachelle Placencia, Abigail Smith, Josephine Bandora, Brittany Lewis, Steven Barba, Janah Moore, David Seo (2), Erin Gutschke, Oakley McLamore, Katherine Woodard, Kennedy Carmichael (2), Kendra Collins (2), Aaron Corcolon, Juliana Gutierrez (2), Hailey Hanson )2), Carlos Hernandez, Byrin Hollowell (2), Kaya Johnson, Skylar Joyce (2), Sarah Kennedy, Cynthia Taylor, Michaela Tuncap (2), Amethyst Young, Dacia Farris, Dylann Hedger, Madyson Lawson, Kyla Leirer, Justice Moore, Summer Revell (2), and Jose Vega.
AHS art students are taught by Jason Clements, April Rifenburgh and Beth Joy; and CHS students are taught by Amanda Baldwin, Sherry Griffith and Melody Kennedy.
Middle School Band Students Participate in UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest
Band students from all of AISD middle schools competed in the AISD Middle School Band Solo and Ensemble Contest Feb. 22 at Craig Middle School.
The following band students earned a first division rating on their solo:
Clack: Aviana Rodriguez, Destiny Siedl, Kauwila Bass, Monica Rodriguez, Payton Atwell, Royce Bandora, Samantha Young, and Scarlett Lambert (flute); Blaze Carter (oboe); Blaze Carter, Christina Smith, Dallas Roberts, Hailey Barton, Isabella Bracamonte-Harrell, Ishmael Nance-Jackson, Juliana Facio, Ryan Knight, Rylan Murray, Rylie Knight, and Zoe Daniel (clarinet); Abigail Murray and Ryan Beck (bass clarinet); Esteban Lozano, Isiah Lima, and Jayce Mata (saxophone); Jaxon Miller, Joe Guevara, Jonathan Carranza, Kevin Reyes, Lucas Vinson, Madison Tubbs, Neaven Roberts, Ryan Guevara, Sylvia Cabel, Ty Steele (trumpet); Maleah Hudson (french horn); Brantley Warmack, Colton Roady, Dylan Josselet, Ethan Echols (euphonium); Jackson Gibson, Mario Alvarez, and Tyler Windham (trombone); Carson Herring and Steven Looney (tuba); and Davian Sansom, David Singleton, DeAngelo Johnson, Devin Garcia, Jackson McEntyre, Jeremiah McBride, Jeron Flores, and Landon Tripp (percussion).
Craig: Alexia Smith, Cailee Wright, Kaitlyn Martin, and Mackenzie Campbell (flute), Ethan Roggendorff and Martin Gonzalez (oboe), Taylor Van Meter, Quentin Speights, and Sydney Spell (clarinet), Davare Payne, Jaxon Davis, Matthew Barriga, and Precious Carlton (sax); Isaac Trinidad and Jacob Spell (bassoon), Hailie Hayes (horn), Alex Nicholls, Barrett Roberson, Dawson Mullins, and Wyatt Collins (trumpet); Amir Lee (trombone); Gabriel Munoz (tuba); and Mallory Traylor, Nathan Wilson, Owen Horn, Tate Eller, and Zachary Garcia (percussion).
Madison: Brynn Reese, Jessica Ovalle, Micaden Griffin, Samantha Joyce, Taylor Garcia, and Zoey Vickers (flute); Tristen Tardiff (oboe); Braheem Gard, Jazlyn Hatcher, Lexi Wishert, and Lynae Tutt (clarinet); Morgan Kruse (sax); Aaron Reece, John Tran, and Noelle Mathis (horn); Emily Wade and Mack Summers (trumpet); Duncan Lucas (euphonium); Demario Dawkins and Jenna Herrera (trombone); Caven Dooley (tuba); and Aaron Brokovich, Chandler Dooley, Grayson Camp, Kai Rosario, Kylie Cox, Logan Wyatt, Benjamin Weems, and Ruger Brown (percussion).
Mann: Anela Garcia, Anna Grimaldo, and Dylanne Abraham (flute); Jenemiah Perez, McKendall Fenton, Alexis Taylor, and Noah Rangel (bassoon); Anna Ferguson, Antonio Alvarez, Hilari Alvarez, Kaci Cramer, and Reese Rolan (clarinet); Caroline Bessent, Gabby Trujillo, Mason Murray, Nathaniel Rodriguez, and Steven Reece (sax); Addyson Findley, Britton Sechrist, Jedediah Perkins (horn); Xavier Carbaugh (baritone); Cory Rodriguez and Gracie Rodriguez (trumpet); Ben Jeter and Sean Williams (trombone); Mauricio Saucedo and Ryan Waldmann (tuba); and Kendal Clonch, Marin Murray, and Josh Melson (percussion).
The following band students earned a first division rating on their ensemble:
Craig: Alexia Smith, Cailee Wright, Jocelyn Dyer, Kaitlyn Martin, Mackenzie Campbell, Rebecca Gonzalez, Ethan Roggendorff, and Martin Gonzalez (flute/oboe); Isaac Cooke and Walker Hilbrich (oboe); Davare Payne, Jaxon Davis, Matthew Barriga, and Precious Carlton (alto sax); Alex Nicholls, Barrett Roberson, Wyatt Collins, and Dawson Mullins (trumpet); Aiden Schwartz, Hailie Hayes, and Juan Rocha (horn); Jacob Spell, Jeremiah Hawkins, Amir Lee, Cruz Molina, Josh Mares, Isaac Trinidad, and Kwame Collins (low brass/bassoon).
Madison: Aaron Brokovich, Ruger Brown, Ben Weems, Logan Wyatt, Bracken Foster, Kai Rosario, Chandler Dooley, Adrien Deubner, Grayson Camp, and Kylie Cox (percussion ensemble).
AISD middle school band students are under the direction of the following teachers: Clack Middle School – Pearl Gonzales, Craig Middle School – Wayne Winner, Madison Middle School – Paula McGrew, and Mann Middle School – Mary Withers.