Last Saturday the Sweetwater High School Mustang Band participated in the UIL Region Solo and Ensemble Contest at Abilene High School. Sweetwater earned more solo medals than any other AAA, AA or A school at the competition. Twenty student musicians made 1âs on their solos.
In order to advance to the State Contest, students must earn a superior (first division) rating on a class one ensemble (Class 1 is the most difficult music list), or on a memorized Class 1 solo. Sweetwater had students advance to state.Â Advancing soloists were Crysten Ivy, who memorized the Clarinet Concerto by Stamitz, Chase Scott, who memorized Improvisation and Caprice by Bozza for alto sax and Steven Le, who memorized Mozartâs Concerto #3 for French horn.Â Students who also advanced to state on their class 1 ensembles included Clay Kitchens â trumpet, Stephen Shipp â trumpet, Laura DuClos â euphonium, Steven Le â French horn, Corynn Martin â clarinet, Vanessa Perez-Poe â clarinet, Crysten Ivy â clarinet and Kirsten Sparkman â clarinet.
Additional first division solo winners were Christen Gutierrez â flute, Jasmine Reddic â flute, Corynn Martin â clarinet, Elvira Gamez â clarinet, Destiny Osteen â bass clarinet, Chance Adams â alto sax, Annie Lansford â tenor sax (class 1), Ethan Spear â tenor sax, Clay Kitchens â trumpet (class 1), Stephen Shipp â trumpet (class 1), Briana Rosas â trombone (class 1), Cody Chapman â trombone, Angelica Collier â euphonium, Laura DuClos â euphonium (Class 1), Jeremey Witt â percussion, Leah Warren â percussion and Colton Scott â percussion.
Judge comments on Crysten Ivyâs solo performance included, âAbsolutely beautiful sound â awesome! Technique is excellent.âÂ Laura DuClos judge critiques, âWonderful sound. Your tone and articulation are outstanding.âÂ Comments on Briana Rosasâs performance were, âYou should be very proud of playing so well! What a great tone! Awesome job!âÂ Jazmine Reddicâs judge commented, âNice, warm flute sound! Beautiful job today!âÂ Christen Gutierrezâ judge said, âYour vibrato is already very expressive. You have the potential to be great!â
Piano accompanists for the Sweetwater Band soloists were Martha Taylor and Bonnie Walters. The UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest will be held in Austin on May 28. The Sweetwater Middle School Band solo festival will also be held in May.