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Johnson band member a finalist in ITA competition

Aaron - Bass Trombone

Aaron on bass trombone.

Johnson High School is excited to announce that Aaron Sanchez, one of the Johnson Band Drum Majors and a two-time TMEA 5A All State Bass Trombonist, has been named a finalist in the International Trombone Association (ITA) George Roberts Bass Trombone Solo Competition. Sponsored by the premiere organization for Trombonists in the world, the solo contest is name for George Roberts, aka “Mr. Bass Trombone,” who was a former trombonist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra as well as a freelance artist who performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, and was on multiple film score recordings including, Jaws and King Kong.

The preliminary round was judged byDaniel Brady, Bass Trombonist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, David Fetter, faculty member at Peabody Institute/Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and Csaba Wagner, a freelance artist out of Berlin, Germany.

Three finalists, selected from a preliminary recorded round, will be chosen by international judging panels in 12 different competition categories: Fontana, Johnson, Smith, Marsteller, Wiehe, Gagliardi, ITA Alto, Roberts, Yaxley, Haney, Kleinhammer and Quartet. Those applicants selected as finalists will be invited to perform in a live final round at the International Trombone Festival on June 4 - 7, 2014 at the Eastman School of Music. The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY is one of the top music schools in the world, and will host the festival in June. All finalists will receive a full tuition waiver to attend the 2014 International Trombone Festival.

Aaron - Drum Major

Aaron sporting his drum major uniform for marching band.

A senior at Johnson, Aaron is one of the Drum Majors of the marching band, and performs on Bass Trombone with the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, andFull Orchestra. He has been actively involved in all aspects of the music department at Johnson through histenure as a band member, and plans to pursue music in college. Aaron’s solo and ensemble performances consistently receive superior ratings in competitions, and he won TMEA Area E on Bass Trombone the last two years, as well as performed in theRegion 12 Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band.

At TMEA All State Auditions last year, Aaron ranked 2nd in the state of Texas on Bass Trombone, and performed with the 5A Symphonic Band. Aaron is a student of Ilan Morgenstern,Bass Trombonist of the San Antonio Symphony, and receives coaching from Joe Dixon and his band directors Jarrett Lipman and Alan Sharps.

Posted on February 10, 2014