This time of year is when many school concert bands go to UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. Judson ISD is so fortunate to have such talented students in the field of music and great instructors that teach and encourage them towards excellence. Kirby Middle School's Varsity Band earned another Sweepstakes Trophy at the annual Region 12 UIL Middle School Band Competition. They were one of the 13 bands out of 24 in their category who earned the highest performing award of Sweepstakes. A big thank you goes out to all the parents who have been supportive and cooperative in getting students to rehearsals, donations and just time to prepare. It couldn't have happened without you.
You know they're good and the UIL judges confirmed it again this year. All three Judson Concert Bands earned Division 1 ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. If you're not familiar with the rating system, a Division 1 is as good as you can get. Each band received Division 1s in their concert performances and all bands earned top marks in the very challenging art of sight reading. And because they earned top honors for their marching band performances earlier in the year, that means Sweepstakes!! Congratulations The Judson Rocket Band is under the direction of Mr. Scott McDonald, Mr. Dean Ponseti and Mr. Jeff Keyes.
The Metzger Honors Band under the direction of John Robertson and Steven Rosario
The Metzger Middle School Honors Band and Symphonic Band have been spending a lot of time preparing for some big competitive concerts. Recently both groups traveled to Boerne for the Director's Choice Alamo Showcase of Music. Both bands achieved a first division rating and were named "Best In Class." The Honors Band picked up an additional honor of "Overall Outstanding Band" in festival. They then took that momentum into the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest and did very well. The Honors Band earned a division one from all judges garnering the coveted "Sweepstakes" award...the Symphonic Band earned a second division in concert and a first division in sight-reading...also very good. Both bands wrapped up their whirlwind tour in the Director's Choice Alamo Showcase of Music at the Judson Performing Arts Center. Metzger Bands swept the contest earning first divisions, best in class and overall outstanding band trophies. Way to go!!
The Metzger Symphonic Band also directed by John Robertson and Steve Rosario
The Judson Middle School Honors Band under the direction of Mr. Escamilla and Mr. Greulich
The Judson Middle School Jaguar Honors Band has done it again. They have showed that not only can they perform great music at a very high level, but they can perform music well that they've never seen or practiced before. The UIL Region XII Band Concert and Sight-reading Contest was recently held at Steele High School and the Judson Middle School Honors Band earned top ratings from all judges in both concert performance and sight-reading...you can't get better than that. In the four years the school has existed, the band has earned the top "sweepstakes" rating three times. Congratulations!
Making the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All State Band, Orchestra and Choir is a major accomplishment. It can take you places...including to the college of your choice. Competition for the TMEA All State Band or Orchestra is a process that starts out with some 60,000 students across the state...860 are chosen to perform in the All-State Concert or Jazz Bands...220 are selected for All-State Orchestra....500 for Choir. That tells you that this is an elite group. We are proud of each and every student that reached this level from the Judson ISD. They are Sarah Seagraves (JHS senior, Clarinet), Michael Lehman (JHS senior, Trumpet), Tristan Anderson (JHS senior, Euphonium), Josue Moreno (JHS senior, Tenor Saxophone), Mauricio Torres (WHS senior, String Bass), Elimel Nieves-Perez (JHS junior, Soprano 2), Brianna Pitts (JHS senior Soprano 1),Timothy Moreland (JHS senior, Bass), There is a special congratulations for one student who has made this select group for the FOURTH TIME. He is Wagner High School senior Frank John. This is the first time in Judson ISD history that a student has achieved this level of musicianship in all four years of high school eligibility. Approximately only 2% of musicians selected to an All-State musical ensemble have qualified all four years of high school. We say congratulations to all these students and look forward to seeing their future unfold.
Frank John – is a Wagner High School Band (senior) Tuba player. He has achieved for the 4th year in a row the highest honor a Texas musician can achieve by being named as a TMEA Texas All-State Musician. Frank will also be recognized as the Class of 2014 Wagner High School Valedictorian. Frank is the son of Lisa and Jimmy John.
Mauricio Torres – is a Wagner High School Orchestra (senior) String Bass player. This is Mauricio’s 1st time to be named as a TMEA Texas All-State Musician. Mauricio is the first orchestra student in 14 years to be named All-State in strings in Judson ISD. Mauricio is the son of Alberto and Marcela Moreno.
Sarah Seagraves – Judson High School Band (senior) Clarinet player, is a 3 time TMEA Texas All-State Musician and is a 4 year All-Area, Region and District band member. She is currently the JHS Band President. Sarah is the daughter of James and Hyaemee Seagraves.
Michael Lehman – is a Judson High School Band (senior) Trumpet player, this is Michael’s 1st time to be named as a TMEA Texas All-State Musician. Michael plays lead trumpet and soloist with the Judson HS Jazz Band and is already actively composing music.Michael is the son of Tracey and Julie Lehmann.
Tristan Anderson – is a Judson High School Band (senior) Euphonium player. This is Tristan’s 1st time to be named as a TMEA Texas All-State Musician. He plays trombone in the JHS Jazz Band. Tristan is the son of Craig and Jeanette Anderson.
Josue Moreno – is a Judson High School Band (senior) Tenor Saxophone player. This is Josue 1st time to be named as a TMEA Texas All-State Musician. He is a member of the JHS Jazz Band and has been in the top concert band for the last 2 years. Josue is the son of Frank and Alma Moreno.
Elimel Nieves-Perez – is a Judson High School Choir (junior) Soprano 2 singer, this is Elimel's 2nd time to be named TMEA Texas All-State Musician. She is a 2 year All-Area and Region Choir member. Elimel is daughter of Eli and Melanie Nieves-Perez.
Brianna Pitts – is a Judson High School Choir (senior) Soprano 1 singer. This is Brianna’s 1st time to be named a TMEA Texas All-State Musician. Brianna is a Texas Thespian Duet Musical Theatre National Qualifier and serves a JHS Choir officer. Brianna is daughter of Robin Farland.
Timothy Moreland – is a Judson High School Choir (senior) Bass 2 singer. This is Timothy’s 1st time to be named TMEA Texas All-State Musician. He has also been recognized as a, 2013-14 National Merit Semi-Finalist. Timothy is the son of James and Gwendolyn Moreland.