Lytle High School Band Goes to Land of Oz

Below, L to R are Zinthia Lara, Camilla Vega, Elijah Martinez, Brayden Morton, Lola Patino. Photo by Mikayla Perez-Martinez.

By Johnell Nemons II
Follow the Lytle Pirates High School Band down the Yellow Brick Road as they introduce their Fall Marching Band Show, “Tin Man” for the competitive 2023 marching season.

The Lytle Marching Band began its competition season at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 with a doubleheader at the 40th annual Rough Rider Marching Contest at Heroes Stadium. Later that day they were set to perform at the Hill Country Marching Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Their marching show “Tin Man” receives its musical inspiration from “The Wizard of Oz” with appearances from the Tin Man and a portable stage with artwork taken from the theme of the popular movie.
Joshua Chessher, Head Band Director at Lytle Independent School District, says the show can be considered as a “love story” with their ballad medley featuring songs like “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri from the movie “Twilight” and Nirvana’s song “Heart-Shaped Box.”
“The show starts with a baritone and tuba small ensemble where they play the Tin Man’s theme,” Chessher said. “There are several soloists and small ensembles during the marching show.”
The Lytle Marching Band looks to improve where they left off last year by advancing to the State Marching Band Contest after competing in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Area Marching Contest for the first time in school district history.

Federico Reyes plays in the band performance at halftime. Photo by Mikayla Perez-Martinez

Members of the Lytle High School Band:
Flutes: Valentina Ayala, Kellyahn Castano, Alycia Corona, Nadia Daniels, Victoria Garcia, Alanna Huerta Vanessa Mercado, Lola Patino, Aubrey Solis, Brooke Tollett
Clarinets: Ashley Bowman, Julyana Frausto, Brayan Rangel Rodriguez, Mackenzie Schultz, Madison Schultz, Thalia Bowman, Emily Garcia, Celeste Ramirez, Kara Welch, Jose Gomez (bass clarinet)
Alto Saxophones: Emma Emery, Elijah Martinez, Brayden Morton, Alieha Rodriguez, Noah Stech
Tenor saxophones: Sophia Cardona, Nathan Garza,
Daniel Herrera Bass saxophones: Christian Alcorta, Isaiah Delgado
Trumpets: Gabi Cortez, Alex Dominguez, Joshua Guerra, Timothy Gutierrez, Zinthia Lara, Jenna Rodriguez, Richard Tollett, Camila Vega
French Horn: Andres Arredondo, Auslyn Beazer, Stefan Grigsby, Paris Sanchez
Trombones: Lidon Hernandez, Koby Lara, Federico Reyes
Baritones: Adam Dominguez, Cheyenne Martinez, Luke Montez, Isaac Ytuarte
Tuba: Aiden Martinez, Michael Martinez, James Reed IV, Landon Wilkins
Snare Drum: Ben Davila
Tenor Drum: Ivan Lopez-Amaya
Bass Drum: Ethan Deleon, Nevaeh Kassin, Svetlana Lopez
Front Ensemble: Maddilyn Aguinaga, Levi Bates, Benjamin Duty, Ryan Hendrickson, Jaxon Hunt, Taryn McDonald, Novalee Rangel, Reina Rodriguez, Isabella Sewell
Color Guard: Juju Center, Lia Corral, Andrea Garza, Andrea Gomez, Jasmine Guizar, Nicole Martinez, Dulce Martinez Orozco, Lexy Medina, Journee Mendoza, Lily Morales, Jossalyn Moreno, Nayeli Nunez, Makayla Perales, Jazmine Ruiz, Juliet Sitter, Katelyn Stech, Haylee Ward
Stowaway: Emiliano Cardenas, Orlando Gutierrez
Drum majors: Micaela Heath, Collin Sprenger

Valentina Ayala performing. Photo by Mikayla Perez-Martinez