Sealy ISD band students, both junior high and high school, participated in All-Region tryouts that were held at Sealy High School. Several schools participated in the event, including Bellville, Navasota, Hempstead and several private schools.
The junior high participated in the morning, and had an outstanding showing. The students who made the Junior High All-Region band were Avery Barta-clarinet, Eastlynn Cloud-bass clarinet, Bradly Crabb-tenor saxophone, Pete Ricardo-trumpet, Zander Crowley-trombone, Ike Konvicka-trombone, and Jade Burton-baritone.
“We had four students make the band last year, and we almost doubled it this year,” said Sterling Burton, junior high band director. “We are making progress, and the students are starting to see the difference. We are very proud of them.”
The high school participated in the afternoon, and they had outstanding results. Twelve students auditioned, 10 of the students scored high enough to make the region band, and seven of the students moved on to the area auditions in January.
“The students get to try out for the Region Band, and if they place high enough in the rankings they can progress to the next level, which is area,” said high school band director Rolando Cantu. “It’s like in football or volleyball, where when they win they progress from District to Region to Area, and then finally to state.”
The students who made the Region Band were, Rachel Faldyn-clarinet, Trista Bennett-clarinet, and Paige Moyle-French horn.
These students made the Region Band, but they also advanced to Area tryouts in December. If these students place high enough in the rankings then they advance to the ATSSB All-State band, where they perform in San Antonio with players all over the state in February.
The students that made the Region Band, but also advanced to the Area tryouts are Kendall Faichtinger-flute, David Molina-clarinet, Sofia Olvera-clarinet, Matthew Mlcak-trumpet, James Statham-trumpet, Blake Zaskoda-tuba, Joseph Clay-trombone.
“Last year we had four students that advanced to the Area tryouts, and this year that we have seven is just outstanding,” Cantu said. “We are very proud of these students, and we are ecstatic with the leaps and bounds the band has made this year.”