24 students advance to state competition
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Fifty band students from Kemp High School (one from the junior high school) competed in the UIL regional solo and ensemble competition at Mesquite High School Feb. 7. Of that number, nearly half advanced to the state level of competition.
“We are very proud of all those who participated and are very excited that 24 of these young musicians are advancing to the State Level of competition in May,” band director Marc Christy said.
“Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work and success.”
The contest is divided into three classes, with Class 3 being the easiest and Class 1 the most challenging selections to perform. Students are rated on their performance with Divisions 1-5, with Division 1 being the highest or best possible rating.
Here is a list of those who advanced to state with Division 1 ratings:
Class 3, Division 1 recipients:
Flute: freshmen Jaylin Contreras, Savannah Henderson and Veronica Herrera,
Clarinet: freshmen Ariana McDonald and Harlie Tarno,
Trumpet: freshman Kassie Mast,
Class 2, Division 1 recipients:
Flute: freshman Kaden McSpedden,
Clarinet: sophomore Allison Kent,
Alto Sax: freshman Justin Tyler, sophomore Karen Quezada,
Class 1, Division 1 recipients:
Clarinet: senior Ryder Busby,
Trumpet: freshman Donna Hyde,
French Horn: senior Cameron Polk,
Tuba: senior Emily Kelley,
Percussion: sophomore Amanda Sparks,
Busby and Polk performed completely from memory.
Class 1 Division 1 recipients:
Flute Trio: sophomore Alyssa Fisher, junior Jenafer Matich and freshman Kaden McSpedden.
Clarinet Quintet: seniors Ryder Busby and Austin Dennie, freshmen Kasey Cockrell, Camron Elliott (alto clarinet) and Alex Glass (bass clarinet).
Brass Ensemble: sophomore Rebeca Galvez and freshman Donna Hyde (trumpet), senior Cameron Polk-(Eb horn), sophomore Wyatt Bynum, junior Justin Glass and senior Sly Blankenship (trombone), freshman Jordon Rabon (French horn), and Emily Kelley (tuba).
Percussion Ensemble: seniors Dilan Tanner and Mason Hyde, juniors Beau Dancer and Kyle Keathley, sophomores Amanda Sparks and Rhonda Harper, freshman Malia Cantrell and eighth grader Maria Mireles.
“Congrats again, to all for representing Kemp Schools extremely well!”