Mark Melton, Director of Fine Arts, is pleased to announce that a record number of band students to competition this year; 81 band students have qualified for Texas UIL State Solo & Ensemble contest, to be held May 24th in Austin, TX.
Most of those students will be competing in more than one event, which is comprised of solos, ensembles, and twirling competitions. “Many of these students take private lessons and put in extra time before and after school in order to succeed in solo & ensemble competition,” said Melton.
“We are very proud of the extra effort and discipline they demonstrate to accomplish their personal best.”
In order to qualify for state competition, a student must have made a 1st division on a Class I solo that was performed from memory, an ensemble, or twirling event at the Region level.
Congratulations are in order for the following students who qualified with solos:
Izzy Adams, Andrew Allison, Rebecca Ayres, Grant Carrington, Raven Deinbeck, James Delling, Rebecca Griffith, Tyler Helms, Andrea Jenkins, Christian Najera, Colin Ramsey, Tyler Russell, Christopher Schaetz, Nicholas Schaetz, Zachary Schaetz, Chris Turner, Peyton Varner, Brandon Watson, and Jerry Zhang, Alyssa Brazell, Michelle Davis, Caroline Jones, Gena Weese, Stephanie Williamson.
Congratulations are in order to the following students who qualified with ensembles:
Izzy Adams, Andrew Allison, Matthew Alvarez, Rebecca Ayres, Erica Barnard, Patrick Bigham, Kyle Black, Hannah Boggio, Angela Bradshaw, Lindsay Brown, Grant Carrington, Makenzie Cary, Lisette Cerda, Thomas Childers, Nigel Colbert, Boone Coleman, Bobby Counts, Hannah Counts, Macy Davis, Raven Deinbeck, James Delling, Stormie Duncan, Jillian Fobell, Sean Freeman, Jonathan Garcia, Madison Garcia, Allison Garrett, Maria Gonzalea, Amanda Green, Rebecca Griffith, Melissa Hammonds, Tyler Helms, Ezekiel Hernandez, Brandon Jackson, Kelsey Jacobs, Andrea Jenkins, Logan Jennings, Taylor Jennings, Amy Johns, Gerardo Juarez, Kaylah Knight, Shelby Knoll, Liza Latham, Amber Luna, Lindsey Mallory, James McNaney, Caleb Moore, Levi Morrill, Davis Morton, Christian Najara, Alex Palacios, Destiny Parrish, Ulises Perez, Aaron Pierce, Joel Ramirez, Colin Ramsey, Madison Randall, David Ritch, Tyler Russell, Christopher Schaetz, Nicholas Schaetz, Zachary Schaetz, Audrey Soltau, Autumn Stewart, Vickey Stewart, Dezmond Thomas, Chris Turner, Peyton Varner, Brandon Watson, Ariel Wayne, Erin Whittenberg, and Jerry Zhang.
Pine Tree High School Hosts UIL Regional Competition
Pine Tree High School was honored to host the UIL Region IV Band Solo & Ensemble contest on February 7. Twenty-five schools were in attendance, with an estimated 800-900 students, directors, judges, and volunteers that assimilated on the High School Campus.
“This was a district-wide effort,” says Mark Melton, Director of Fine Arts, “We coordinated efforts with the UIL music department, the Band staff and boosters, the High School staff, band students, the Transportation department, and the Facilities Services department in order to pull this off,” he said.
“It was a real team effort!”
Most of the rooms in the 800-900 halls and cafeteria in the high school were used to accommodate the contest.
“The feedback was entirely positive,” Melton said, “The directors were so pleased to be able to come to such a fabulous facility that had nice, wide hallways and plenty of room under one roof,” he said. “I believe they will want to come back.”
Pine Tree ISD had a record number of students qualifying in the competition and who earned the status of state contender for the State UIL Solo and Ensemble event in Austin in May.
Congratulations to all participants.