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Greenville High School Lion Pride Band earns top honors @ UIL

Saturday, February 3rd was a very busy day for band students across the Dallas area. Just over 4,000 students participated in the UIL Region 3 Solo and Ensemble Contest. Because of the number of students who were performing, the contest had to be split between 2 sites (North Garland HS, and Mesquite HS). The GHS band students performanced at North Garland HS.

Greenville entered 33 events ranging from flute solos to brass ensembles to percussion ensembles. 31 of our events received 1st division (SUPERIOR) medals, and the remaining 2 events received 2nd division (EXCELLENT) ratings. In addition to these outstanding results, 40 individual students, participating in 14 events, have qualified to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin in May (Memorial Day). To qualify for State, students must play a Class I solo/ensemble (solos have to be memorized).

Here are the results for the competition (Please note the * denotes students who qualified for State):

Flute Solo: Jenifer Santos (I), Aleah Luna (I), Miranda Price (I memory), Desteny Ruiz (I), Victoria Rico (I)

Clarinet Solo: Jacob Drake (I)

Oboe Solo: Joel Redmond (I), Janie Shasteen (I), Alyssa Mitchell (II)

Alto Saxophone Solo: Riley Powel (I), Ella Walker (I)

Tenor Saxophone Solo: Berkley Smith (I)

Trombone Solo: Zavian Burnett (I), Jovani Rodriquez (I), Alan Tapia (I), Tatum Price (II)

Keyboard Percussion Solo: *Katie Duncan (I memory), *Andrew Evans (I memory), *Tessa Mitchell (I memory), *Gavin Smith (I memory), *Reese Tubbs (I memory), Landon Fry (I)

Flute/Oboe/Clarinet Trio: *Jenifer Santos, *Joel Redmond, *Jacob Drake (I)

Flute Trio: Jonathan Castillo, America Corral, Desteny Ruiz (I)

Flute Quartet: *Martha Hill, *Cora Hudgins, *Miranda Price, *Shelbi Rich (I)

Bb Clarinet Quartet: *Nantzi Huffman, *Daniella Portillo, *Emily Ramirez, *Emberly Rios (I)

Saxophone Quartet: *Lydia Shatney, *Berkley Smith, *Ella Walker, *Logan Wood (I)

Euphonium Trio: *Luis Garcia, *Kaden James, *Jessie Parsons (I)

Euphonium Quartet: *Luis Garcia, *James Parsons, *Josh Ross, *Lane Wofford (I)

Trombone Quartet: *Thomas Cade, *Jeff Fain, *Michael Sisto, *Jonathan Tapia (I)

5 Brass: *Robert Cade, *Odie Odeneal, *Nicolas Ramirez, *Saul Rodriguez, *Michael Sisto (I)

Percussion Ensemble: *Andrew Evans, *Alysia Martinez, *Tessa Mitchell, *Reese Tubbs (I)

Director of Bands, Joel L. Weisberg says: “Students and Directors put a lot of work into this competition. Because of the individual responsibilities for each performing group/solo, there has to be a lot of care put into the music. Our young musicians had a SPECTACULAR day! To have 1/3 of our total band qualify for a State competition is an amazing tribute to our hard-working students – GO LIONS!!!”