Schaefer earns chair in All-State Symphonic Band

It was a full day of auditions for students all across our Area (five Regions) at Orange Grove High School on Saturday January 11, 2020!

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These students had all qualified in their individual Region Band Auditions to advance to this level – all vying for a spot in the 4A All-State Band. Seven of these students qualified from the Warhorse Band and had practiced and prepared for months for this opportunity! These students included: Josephine Taitano, Flute; Madilynne Mohr, Clarinet; Brian Schaefer & Sydney Weyel, trumpet; Isabella Elias, Baritone; Gilbert Iglesias, Bass Trombone; and Caleb Martin, Percussion. Having seven of our top students advance to Area is a great honor and a sign that our Band program continues to grow and become stronger overall – these are our musical leaders! All of the students who attended – some from as far away as Rio Grande City – all knew the odds of making the All-State Band were slim, so the competition was very stiff.
At the end of the day we celebrated as Brian Schaefer, trumpet, came in 2nd out of 29 trumpets – and earned a chair in the Texas 4A All-State Symphonic Band!! Wow! Brian is only a sophomore, and has a history of auditioning well. He made first chair in the Region 11 Middle School All-Region Band, and this year again earned 1st chair in the High School Region Band!

Competiting at Area were: Caleb Martin, Percussion; Brian Schaefer & Sydney Weyel, trumpet; Isabella Elias, Baritone; Madilynne Mohr, Clarinet; Josephine Taitano, Flute; and Gilbert Iglesias, Bass Trombone.

For the Devine High School Warhorse Band, this is the 2nd year in a row a student has earned a chair in the All-State Band! We also had several of our students place very high in the auditions – including one who only missed the All-State cut-off by one…spot! (In 2019 Devine senior band member Amy Robinson earned a chair in the All-State Symphonic Band with her Bassoon.)
Brian will be attending the TMEA Convention in San Antonio on February 12-15th. They will rehearse all day, every day with the acclaimed conductor from The University of North Texas, Eugene Corporon. The Texas 4A All-State Band will perform on Saturday February 15th at 10:00 am in the Lila Cockrell Auditorium. These concerts are always the highlights of the Convention each year – an annual conference of Texas music educators (30,000).
As their Director I am extremely proud of all the hard work and dedication these students have exhibited – these are fine examples of what is right about our young generation!! I tell our students all the time, “there is no difference between you and the student from Houston…. It’s all about taking a passion toward what you enjoy and then being willing to do the hard work to succeed!!” Job well done!!!
By Jeff Miller
Devine High School
Director of Bands

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