The Belton MS Band just completed their busy contest week with two groups performing at UIL Concert & Sightreading Evaluation, the Jazz Band’s first contest appearance at the Temple Jazz Festival, and the TMEA Region Jazz Clinic & Concert.
The Symphonic Band under Mr. Trahan earned overall First Division Superior ratings in both the Concert and Sightreading portions, which means they earned the coveted title of Sweepstakes for their first UIL appearance! Judge comments for their performance include, “All the parts were played well”, “Students are engaged and focused”, and “This band plays with confidence!”. Congratulations Symphonic Band!
The Wind Ensemble under Mr. Pulley earned overall Second Division Excellent ratings in the Concert portion, and First Division Superior ratings in the Sightreading portion. Here are some comments from the judges for their performance: “Students play with excellent/mature sounds”, “Great musical style and phrasing”, and “This group has a great band sound!”. Congratulations Wind Ensemble!
The Jazz Band’s first appearance at the Temple Jazz Festival earned them an overall rating of First Division Superior ratings, and the following students were awarded an individual certificate by the judges as outstanding musicians: Daniel Arroyo, Alto Saxophone; Javier Enciso, trumpet; Jayden Holt, trumpet; Luke Baird, trumpet; Hope Bovell, trumpet; Penn Baldridge, drums; and Alyssa Nickerson, vibraphone. Congratulations Jazz Band!
Feel free to listen to all three of these contest performances here: https://soundcloud.com/beltonmsband/sets/contest-week-2022
Finally, a record-breaking six students worked for only five hours Saturday to put on a concert as the TMEA All-Region Jazz Band at Temple College as part of the Temple Jazz Festival. Congratulations to the following hard-working jazz students: Jayden Holt, 5th Chair Trumpet; Nathan Whitfield, 1st Chair Trombone; Claire Brown, 4th Chair Trombone; Charlie Wagner, 5th Chair Trombone; Corin Ramesar, Piano (2-Year All-Region Jazz Band member); and Alyssa Nickerson, Vibes (2-Year All-Region Jazz Band member). Congratulations students!