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Johnson wind ensemble advances to state

The Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Varsity Wind Ensemble placed first in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Area E 5A Honor Band Contest, held on June 21. As a result of this achievement, the ensemble is advancing to the State Listening Round for the first time.

"This is an incredible accomplishment for any program to advance to state, and a major milestone for our program achieving this as only a four-year old school," said Jarrett Lipman, Johnson band director. "We cannot express enough how proud we are of the band members, and how we hope this accomplishment serves as a great lesson in the success one can achieve through hard work and relentless dedication."

The TMEA Honor Band Competition occurs every other year for the 5A/3A/1A High Schools, with 4A/2A High Schools on the other year. Band programs from around the state submit recordings of some of three selections from their Spring performances or competitions to be evaluated by five judges at the Region Round. Each Region from around the state will send their two highest scoring bands to the Area Round (Region 12 submitted Reagan and Johnson High Schools, both NEISD Schools), and each Area will send their two highest scoring bands to the State Round.

The State Listenings will occur on Friday, July 20, at the Texas Bandmasters Association convention. At state, the top two bands from each of the 7 TMEA areas advance, and will be ranked 1-14, with the top seven being named "Honor Band Finalists." This is the highest honor a Texas High School Wind Ensemble can receive in the state. The first place band of the state competition will receive an invitation to perform at the Texas Music Educators Convention in February of 2013.

The results from TMEA Area E were:

1- Johnson (San Antonio, TX) ADVANCE TO STATE
2- Westlake (Austin, TX) ADVANCE TO STATE
3- Jersey Village (Houston, TX)
4- Langham Creek (Houston, TX)
5- Bowie (Austin, TX)
6- Reagan (San Antonio, TX)
7- O'Connor (San Antonio, TX)
8- Brandeis (San Antonio, TX )

Visit http://www.tmea.org/divisions-regions/band/honor-band/entry-list/class for more information on Area competition results.

Johnson wind ensemble advances to state

Posted on June 27, 2012