Farmersville High School band students placed between the top two divisions during the Texas State Solo and Ensemble competition on Saturday, May 27 and Monday, May 29 in Pflugerville.
Sixteen students performed a solo or ensemble from the state approved list of music during the competition according to Band Director Scott Cross.
All students received a first division rating or a second division rating. Holden Stogsdill and James Cardon received a first division rating for their clarinet and marimba solo. Holden, Brycen Williams, Cooper Chambers, Valeria DelaCruz earned a first division rating in their clarinet ensemble. Amber Price, Kloie Whitaker and Zackary Gennette also earned a first division rating for their trumpet ensemble performance.
Andyn Atchinson, Omar Martinez, Oscar Martinez, Tucker Derrick, placed a second division rating for their trombone ensemble and Jackson Counts, Yovanni Landaverde, Jose Mejia and Preston Vaquera earned the same rating with their saxophone ensemble performance.
According to the Texas UIL website, Division I solos received a gold medal, Division II solos received a silver medal and Division I Ensemble received a Bronze medal. A “1” means superior and a “2” means excellent.
“I’m very proud of all the students who competed at the region level, and also those who qualified and competed at the state competition,” Cross said. “These students represented Farmersville well and I’m very proud of the effort they gave and the results they achieved.”
In May, the FHS marching band announced its 2023 band theme “Mayday.” Cross said he looks forward to the next [school] year, adding that they “have a great fall season coming up.”
By Norishka Pachot
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