These past two weekends have been full of musical events for select Puncher Band members. On Saturday, December 1st, High School Region Band Auditions were held at Hamilton. We sent five of our Punchers to compete against other students from our Music Region. This Region consists of schools classifying in 1A-3A, from Sonora up to the Ft. Worth area. The audition for Region Band is the first step in qualifying for the All State Band. If you place in the top number of chairs for your instrument, you qualify for area, where you will then try out against students from a larger section of Texas. Doing well at these auditions allows you to be a member of the All State Band. Junior, Drigo Martinez received 1st chair in Symphonic Band, qualifying him as first alternate to Area. Senior, Katherine Koock, received 11th chair in Symphonic Band and senior, Forrest Lingle, received 1st chair Concert Band. Freshmen, Yvonne Dominquez and Kristen Gipson also auditioned and did a great job in representing the Puncher Band.
On Friday, December 7th, Junior High District Band Auditions were held at Brady. For these auditions, our Junior High students compete against kids from schools classifying in 1A-3A, located around our area. Students who make the District Band have the opportunity to spend Saturday rehearsing for a concert with a guest conductor. We had three ladies representing our Junior High Band, Brianna Humble, Alixandria Baltierra, and Julie Mae Drazan. Although none of them ranked high enough to make the band, they all did a wonderful job in representing our school. “Ms. Dye and I were extremely proud of these individuals for all of their hard work. It takes a lot of time and effort outside of school to prepare for these auditions and each one of these kids did an outstanding job!”