"On Saturday, February 6th, twenty-seven members of the Mason Band program traveled to the campus of Howard Payne University in Brownwood to compete in the Regional UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest. This competition allows students to perform in a solo setting or in a chamber ensemble consisting of three or more people. These types of competitions serve as wonderful supplements to the large ensemble format of the marching or concert band contests that are offered in the fall and spring each year. It allows the students to explore their more individual nature as musicians.
Those students from the high school that received Division I ratings on their performances are: Andrew Willis (alto saxophone), Ellie Blair (piano), Amber Herrera (flute), Katherine Koock (clarinet), and the Mason High School Clarinet Trio which is made up of Katherine Koock, Heather Morris, and Tabitha Lange. High school students that received Division II ratings on their performances are: Ellie Blair (clarinet), the Mason High School Saxophone Quartet (T.J. Schovaisja, Star Longoria, Trey Schwertner, and Andrew Willis), and the Mason High School Brass Quartet (Michael Vargas, Virginia Lemke, Havana Schmidt, and Jaci Draper).
Jr. High students that received Division I ratings on their performances are: James Perlicheck (tenor saxophone), Ashley Collet (alto saxophone), Gabriel Lingle (bass clarinet), Drigo Martinez (euphonium), Amber Bradshaw (flute), Brianna Andrade (flute), Alma De La Garza (flute), Savanah Kast (twirling), and the Mason Jr. High Twirling Ensemble (Elizabeth Collet, Madison Glentz, Stacie Habecker, and Savannah Kast). Those students from the Jr. High that received Division II’s are: Reana Moneyhon (alto saxophone), Emmie Schmidt (trumpet), Hannah Haley (flute), and Pascual Callejas (tuba).
In order to advance to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble contest, one must memorize a Class I solo (the most challenging level of music for this level of student) and make a Division I on that particular regional audition. We are proud to announce that Andrew Willis (saxophone) has advanced to state this year. Congratulations! The Mason Band Staff would like to thank each of the students and their parents/guardians for their hard work and support during the students’ preparations for this event. We are proud of each and every one of you!"