Last Saturday six members of the Sweetwater High School Band traveled to Lubbock to audition for All-Region honors. All six students won positions in the All-Region Band. Sweetwater had the third most students out of twenty-eight participating schools.
Students making All-Region were junior Laura Duclos â€“ baritone, junior Briana Rosas â€“ trombone, freshman Clay Kitchens â€“ trumpet, sophomore Stephen Le â€“ French horn, Sophomore Chase Scott â€“ alto saxophone, and sophomore Crysten Ivy â€“ clarinet. The All-Region Band will present a concert at Lubbock-Cooper High School on Saturday, January 29th.
During the fall, All-Region contestants worked on two etudes and 8 scales, refining their music to a competitive edge. â€śPreparing and performing this music is a big challenge,â€ť remarked Crysten Ivy. â€śIâ€™m pleased with the results. Our hard work really paid off!â€ť
Three of the Sweetwater students ranked high enough to advance to All-Area competition, which will be held in Lubbock on January 7th. All-Area winners were Stephen Le, Chase Scott and Crysten Ivy. On January 7th, the top competitors will be named as members of the Texas All-State Band.
Finally, two of the students won â€śfirst chair honorsâ€ť, by being ranked in first place out of all competitors on their instrument. These students were Chase Scott and Crysten Ivy.