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Johnson percussionist wins Texas state competition

Evan Jose

The Johnson band directors are proud and impressed with Evan's accomplishments as only a sophomore.

Congratulations to Johnson High School sophomore percussionist Evan Jose on winning multiple events at the Texas State University Percussion Competition this weekend. Evan competed against 21 talented percussionists from across the state of Texas, and placed first in the Marimba solo category. The marimba is a large wooden keyboard, and to see Evan solo on this is truly impressive. After placing first in marimba, Evan advanced to the next round competing against the top soloists from each instrument class. In this next round of competition, he placed first overall, winning the event for the day.

Evan, who was the 2013 Johnson Band “Rookie of the Year,” has had an extremely exciting sophomore year, with the most recent events adding to his success in the TMEA All-State Competition. In February, Evan placed first in the state of Texas in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All State Band and Orchestra. Evan performed in the All State Symphonic Band under famed composer Frank Ticheli.

"Between 15-20 students out of the 55,000 high school band students who audition for TMEA each year earn the distinction of “first chair” each year. This is truly incredible when you consider the sheer number of students who set out to audition for this process," said Jarrett Lipman, director of bands. "To earn this honor as a sophomore...well it’s hard to put into words how impressive this is, and it is a direct result of Evan’s dedication to and love for music."

Evan receives instruction from Jordan Stern our percussion specialist at Johnson, and continues to study in the private lesson studio of Manny Maldonado. Evan has studied with Manny since the 6th grade, when he started band at Tejeda. He is a member of our Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and performs in the Front Ensemble with our marching band. He commits himself fully to his academics, and is a humble, genuine, and extremely caring young musician who we are very proud to have in the band program at Johnson.

Please offer Evan your congratulations when you see him this week. The band looks forward to seeing what he will do next. Check out a video of Evan soloing below!



Posted on May 7, 2014