SSHS Band Students Receive 40 First Division Ratings at 2019 UIL Region 4 Solo & Ensemble Band Contest

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The Sulphur Springs HS Band hosted the 2019 UIL Region 4 Solo & Ensemble Band Contest on Thursday, Feb. 7. Band students from across the entire region traveled to First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs for contest. The band students and staff hosted over 500 total entries with close to 1000 people involved in some way.

Not only did the Wildcat Band host contest, but 61 students also competed and performed their solos and ensembles for judges as well. We had 40 First Division Ratings! And, the band had 24 students qualify for the State Contest in Austin.

“The number of first divisions and state qualifiers for this year was amazing! The entire band staff has worked to help prepare these students and both the students’ and staff’s hard work was certainly evident with these fantastic results!”

State qualifying soloists were: Elizabeth Lopez, flute; Cameron Beard, clarinet; Matthew Sherman, alto saxophone; Nathan Braddy, trumpet; Peyton Baugh, French horn; Jackson Burnett, French horn; Zachary Phillips, French horn; Galilea Sosa, French horn; Isaac Lamb, tuba; Kaden Kirkland, snare drum; Ty Connally, marimba; Kendall Little, marimba; Blaine Mitchell, marimba; Luis Ruiz, marimba; Brandon Williams, marimba; Mason Gillem, multiple percussion.

State qualifying ensembles were: Maddy Ray, Diana Herrera, Miranda Baugh, & Jose Mejia – Clarinet Quartet; Ty Connally, Brandon Williams, Shelby Ray, Matthew Harper, Kendall Little, Kaden Kirkland, Austin McCain, & Nate Lovelady – Percussion Ensemble.

The SSHS Band will continue their competition year as they prepare for UIL Concert and Sightreading contest held in early April. Both HS concert bands will present a Pre-UIL concert in the SSHS Auditorium on March 26 for the public.