Middle School Choir Solo & Ensemble a great success

Approximately 200 students from Victoria and surrounding areas participated in the middle school solo and ensemble contest hosted by Howell middle school on Saturday Feb. 21st, 2015.

Congratulations to our students for a great showing!  Out of those students participating 305 medals were awarded.

  • Cade received 1 medal-students attended 1
  • Stroman received 6 medals- students attended 1
  • Patti Welder received 8 medals – students attended 14
  • Howell received 202 medals – students attended 94
  • Cuero received 57 medals – students attended 33
  • Palacious received 17 medals – students attended 9
  • Travis received 8 medals – students attended 8

Crystal Dawdy
Choir Director
Howell Middle School

Congratulations West Drill Team

Our girls did fantastic this weekend at their Regional Competition in Houston. The girls did an awesome job representing West High School. They had some extremely tough competition but did a fabulous job!! We are so proud of them!

  • Runner up Grand Champion
  • 1st place in Team Pom
  • 1st place in Team Hip-Hop
  • 2nd place Team Jazz
  • Judges award- all team dances scored 90 and above
  • Reserve Grand Champions
  • 1st place Officer Lyrical
  • 1st place Officer Contemporary
  • 2nd place Officer Jazz
  • Judges award- all officer dances scored 90 and above
  • Champion Award of Excellence- highest scoring officer line

Jordan Crick
Assistant Drill Team Director/ VBEC Mentor Connect Coordinator

Congratulations to East Drill Team

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  • Platinum Sweepstakes (scores 95 & above): Team & Officers
  • Best in Category: Officer Jazz, Officer Contemporary & Team Jazz
  • Outstanding Choreography Award for Officer Jazz (only one given all day) (2nd week in a row & it is the dance the officers choreographed themselves!)
  • Grand Champions: Officers & Team
  • AJC (MVP) Award: Laura Grahmann
  • Top 5 solo finalists: Bethany Brzozowske, Laurynn Garcia & Aubrey Patterson
    2nd place Solo: Laurynn Garcia
    3rd place turn technique: Laurynn Garcia

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  • Sweepstakes (scores 90 & above)
  • Best in Class: Team Military & Team Novelty

Great things going on in Fine Arts

Many great things happen each week with our Fine Arts students and directors.

  • Our Winterguards getting ready for their contest next week practicing over at Howell MS.
  • We had Middle School Solo & Ensemble Contest at Howell and
  • East High School Dance was hosting a Dance Contest at East High School.

Results will be posted later on our website.  Thank you to our dedicated fine arts teachers, students and parent chaperones….you guys are the best.

Choir Solo & Ensemble

Texas Music Educators All-State Student Performances in San Antonio this week-end.

Congratulations to Victoria East Senior, Alan Olmos, Victoria West Senior, Vanischa Stephens, and Victoria East Senior, Samuel Gross for representing VISD in the highest honor a high school musician can receive.Band All StateAll State Choir

  • Alan choose to compete at the highest level (against the 6A students) and made the TOP band in All-State 6A – The All-State Symphonic Band.
    • Conductor:  Steven D. Davis, University of Missouri/Kansas City
  • Vanischa made the The All-State Woman’s Choir
    • Conductor: Kathleen Rodde, Iowa State University
  • Sanual made theThe All-State Men’s Choir
    • Bruce Rogers, Mount San Antonio College

Our students got to perform with the best of the best as part of the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. They were chosen for this prestigious honor through a very competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, Area, then State levels.

All concerts were Saturday night (yes valentines day) – Please see the highlights below as we are all very proud of our students.

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Golden Sabers score Big on Saturday

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The Golden Sabers attended the Crowd Pleasers North Houston Showcase Saturday and placed 2nd in all 6 dances they performed. They won Super Sweepstakes for both team and officer dances and both team and officers were 2nd overall Grand Champion. 

Thank you, Misty Calvez, VEHS Golden Saber Director

Band, Choir & Orchestra High School Student’s UIL Solo & Ensemble

Results will be posted here as we receive the information from the directors from this extremely successful day.  We are extremely proud of the very successful day from all participants in our high school band, choir and orchestra programs.

West High School BAND Results - 76 students participated today in UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest at East High School.  29 Solo’s earned 1’s and 24 Ensemble members earned 1’s, the largest medal count in West Band history.  31 events (solos and ensembles) will be represented by our students at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May.  We are all extremely proud of the hard work these students have demonstrated in the last month to bring such success to our program. We are proud of your success!

THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS EARNED A SUPERIOR RATING ON THEIR SOLO AND/OR ENSEMBLE AND HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE TEXAS STATE SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST IN MAY

  • ZOE NG – FLUTE, XOCHITLINDA GONZALEZ – OBOE, ANNABELLE DELATORRE – CLARINET, ALYSIA GOMEZ – CLARINET, NICK HURT – CLARINET, AMBER MARTINEZ – CLARINET, BROOKLYN CANCHOLA – ALTO SAX, AMIE STANGE – ALTO SAX, ROBERT MEJIA – TENOR SAX, PAUL ALVAREZ – BARI SAX, KAYLA GARRETT – BASSOON, PRIMITIVO TRISTAN – TRUMPET, RAESTCH MYERS – TRUMPET, BRITTANY CARTER – FRENCH HORN, CORBIN ADAMS – FRENCH HORN, CHRISTOPHER MURPHY – TROMBONE, TEA WHITEHEAD – EUPHONIUM, CALEB BEDNARCYZCK – EUPHONIUM, MATTHEW PARSONS – EUPHONIUM, J.B. SCHMIDT – EUPHONIUM, COLTEN DAVIDSON – TUBA, DANIEL ROBLES – MARIMBA, NATALIE CLARK – MARIMBA

East High School CHOIR Results - 57 choir students competed in Solo & Ensemble.

  • 38 medals were earned by students for Superior performances.
  • 17 of these students will be advancing to State Solo and Ensemble at the end of May.

THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS EARNED A SUPERIOR RATING ON THEIR SOLO AND/OR ENSEMBLE AND HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE TEXAS STATE SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST IN MAY

  • Kenny Beal, Samuel Gross, Ron Meyers, Willord Simmons, Persephanie Cano, Skyler Rayos, Lorrin Dickey, Kitty Canfield, Cynthia Trevino, Andrea Jackson, Jahnae Mata, Natasha Rueff, Emilie Saenz, Krystal Trlicek, Cody Macha, Jonathan Drozd, and Bradley Luna.  Congratulations Choir!

East & West High School ORCHESTRA Results -Congratulations to our 14 orchestra students from East and West HS for participating in the Solo Ensemble festival East HS on February 7th.
All students earned a 1! 

THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS EARNED A SUPERIOR RATING ON THEIR SOLO AND/OR ENSEMBLE AND HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE TEXAS STATE SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST IN MAY

  • Eddie Ebner and Lizzie Caldwell will be going on to STATE in May.

East High School BAND Results - Congratulations to the VEHS Band students for an outstanding show at the UIL Region 14 Solo & Ensemble Contest on Saturday here at VEHS.  Our band brought home total of 57 UIL medals and 33 students qualified for the UIL State Contest to be held in May at the University of Texas at Austin.  Way to go Band!!!!

We also want to thank Mrs. Allison for helping us run the contest and all the Administration, Teachers, and Staff for their support in making the contest a success.  We heard nothing but great comments from all who were at our school on Saturday!  David Edge Director of Bands, East High School

West High School CHOIR Results -We had 21 students participate and brought home 25 medals!  Receiving a I rating for a Class 2 solo were Megan Summa and Alyssa Benavides.    In addition, our Medium Treble Ensemble also received a I rating.  

THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS EARNED A SUPERIOR RATING ON THEIR SOLO AND/OR ENSEMBLE AND HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE TEXAS STATE SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST IN MAY

Five of our soloists received a I rating for a Class 1 solo and will move on to State:

  • Rebecca Nava, Shelby Hardt, Audrey Boswell, Mia Solis, and Vanischa Stephens.

Jordan’s Artwork sold for $12,000

Jordan Benavides, Junior, Victoria East HS

“Horse Whisperer” from the San Antonio Western Art Rodeo/Stock Show

Jordan’s art was selected from over 350 pieces of artwork to be in the Top 25, allowing her to have her piece auctioned. The top 25 pieces were ranked again, and Jordan’s was #10.

On Thursday, January 29, Jordan’s piece was sold for $12,000

The people in the pictures are: Mr. Joe Hutchison, President of San Antonio Rodeo; Jordan; Mrs. Joe (Kay) Hutchison, President of Western Art Committee Association.  Congratulations Jordan, Candace Coyle and all your teachers are proud of you!

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