News

A ton of stuff has happened since my last post. First off, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention was a couple weeks ago where I was participating in the All-State Band. I got first chair in the 5A Symphonic Band on Tenor Saxophone! The music wasn’t my favorite, but it was still a blast to play. The program included Island by Donald Crockett, Magneticfireflies by August Read Thomas, Colonial Song by Percy Grainger and Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 2.

While there, I found out that I passed my auditions and was accepted in The University of Texas’s Butler School of Music and I got my acceptance into the university a couple days later. Pretty exciting.

Following the Austin Symphony’s performance in late January of the premier of Affirmation, a local newspaper, the Round Rock Leader, wrote an article featuring me and two other local student musicians involved in their high school concert series. I believe that is the first time I’ve been interviewed for and featured in a published article. Pretty cool! Coming up in April is a larger article being published by the Austin Monthly magazine. The article was featuring “five Austin-area young people who are excelling in the realms of performing arts or sports” and I was one of the five people chosen. Got to do my first photo shoot for it which was pretty interesting. That article should run in the April issue.

Still generating new parts for the Austin Symphony’s upcoming performance of Affirmation at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on April 26, 2012. Making some good progress, but still a bit more to do. Preparations are being made for the concert and there is a meeting coming up soon where I should get any and all details about the entire event and the time leading up to it.

All State!

About a week late, but I made first chair at the Area D audition to place in one of the TMEA All-State bands. Only the first chair in the room gets to advance to state, and after missing by one chair in the past I finally got it! After getting first chair in the All-State Jazz Ensemble last year, I didn’t audition for it this year and decided to go for the band. So far it’s working out. Last step: try to get 1st chair in state!