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On March 7, the Tomball Winter Percussion Ensemble competed at their first WGI National Regional at Dekaney High School. The ensemble had a tremendous weekend finishing 1st in their class with a score of 85.60. To date, this score is the highest score in the country in Winter Guard International Scholastic Concert A Class. Congratulation to all of the students on the success in the national spotlight.

Congratulations to the Tomball Percussion Ensemble for winning First Place in the Variety Category at the Talent Show on February 7, 2015!

The band was well represented at the FFA Show at the end of January. Lucas Phillips lamb was named the Reserve Champion, and Ashlynn Reed’s goat was named the Grand Champion. Congratulations!

We want to take a moment to recognize several of our band students.  Elly Lenz and Hannah Steed were awarded chairs in the Region 9 All-Region Freshman Band.  Several students auditioned and we are very proud of their hard work for preparing very difficult and challenging music.

We also want to recognize four band students.  Elly Lenz, Hannah Steed, Giselle Ladenheim, and Mitchell Vereide went to Bryan, TX and auditioned for the Area D auditions.  This was the final step to make the TMEA All-State band.  These students performed very well and placed very high in their respective auditions.  They are all underclassmen and gained a wealth of knowledge about the audition process that will serve them well in the future.

As we head into the spring semester, there are a couple of upcoming events to bring your attention to.

First, the solo/ensemble contest is on Feb. 20th, at Klein HS.  It is a requirement of the students in the Wind Ensemble to either perform a solo or be part of an ensemble.

Second, the Pre-UIL Clinic will be Thursday March 19th.  The students will play their UIL contest music for clinicians to give us feedback.  This will be open to the public if you would like to attend.

Third, the Wind Ensemble Spring Camp is the weekend of March 20-21.  This is something new this year for the students.  We are bringing in a clinician to work with the students on their UIL music to prepare for contest.  We will be rehearsing on Friday afternoon/evening and most of the day on Saturday.  The setup is very similar to an all-region experience, where there is a lot of playing as well as a lot of information about the music given.  The clinician is Mr. Albert Lo from the University of Texas at Brownsville.  Mr. Lo was the Director of Bands at Winston Churchill in San Antonio for a number of years and just recently got his Doctorate from the University of North Texas.

The Pre-UIL parent performance will be Monday April 6th here at Tomball HS in the Auditorium.  This will be the last dress performance before contest on the 9th.  UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest will be on April 9th at Caney Creek HS.  This is open to the public and we would like to have as many parents there as possible supporting the students.

As we get closer to each date, there will be more detailed information that will be given out.  We wanted to take a moment to point out these very important dates are on the calendar.  These dates are required for the students and their attendance is very important to the overall success of the group.  We are very excited about this year’s Wind Ensemble and the potential for taking music past the notes on the page.  It is a joy to be their teacher and to be in front of them every day to share in new experiences.

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