Twenty-Five SSHS Band students earned First Division Ratings Friday at the UIL Region IV Solo and Ensemble Contest. The contest was held on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Nineteen of the students earned their First Division on a Class I solo, the most difficult level on the state list of prescribed music. They are:
Sarah Anderson, Celeste Leeds-Laliberte, Carissa Carter, Kate Flores, Jaci Glenn, Maddy Ray, Brayden Fisher, Owen Lee, Seth Womack, Riley Farley, Nathan Braddy, Christian Corona, Peyton Baugh, Emily Johnson, Zach Phillips, Lucia Yanez, Mason Gillem, Blaine Mitchell and Sam Robinson.
Earning a First Division on Class II solos: Elizabeth Lopez, Alondra Santillan, Alice Lopez, Kassidi Hill, Adam Ost and Andrew Westlund.
Eight students also made First Divisions on their Ensemble. They are:
Clarinet Trio: Kate Flores, Elizabeth Vega and Alondra Santillan
Brass Quintet: Christian Corona, Christian Diaz-DeLeon, Zach Phillps, Nathan Braddy and Isaac Lamb.
Eleven students qualified for the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May. They are: Soloists Celeste Leeds-Laliberte, Carissa Carter, Blaine Mitchell and Sam Robinson. Enseemble members Christian Corona, Christian Diaz-DeLeon, Zach Phillips, Isaac Lamb, Nathan Braddy, Kate Flores, Elizabeth Vega and Alondra Santillan.
Special THANKS are sent to piano accompanists Mark Beggs and Melissa Bilyeau.