STATE Solo & Ensemble Contests for our VISD Fine Arts Students – Great Success!

11009209_10205701641574116_4258534886469343214_nBAND:  Way to go East Band!!! The band traveled to Austin this weekend to compete in the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest.  The East Band brought home 11 total medals with 9 Gold and 2 Silver.  Gold medalists are Willord Simmons, Alan Olmos, and Skyler Rayos earning Solo Gold and Lauren Hurta, Jessica Lam, Kerena Lopez, Miranda Aguilar, Abigail Muehlbrad, Zach Hamilton earning Ensemble Gold.  Rudy Vasquez and Miranda Aguilar earned Solo Silver medals.  Very proud of all the students who earned their way to compete in the UIL State Contest.  Titan Pride and God’s Blessings, David Edge, Director of Bands.

West had 13 groups of students go, with 8 silver and 5 bronze medals earned.  What is all the hoopla over UIL State Solo & Ensemble? It’s the best of the best in all forms of music performing! How hard is it? You are performing with the top people in the field of high school music. Over 23,000 participants over this 5 day event. Largest in the state!  Band of Warriors — you showed up and made us all very proud! To perform at the State level is no easy task. Great Job! Sandra Laskowski, Assistant Director of West Bands.

CHOIR:  17 Victoria East choir members left at the crack of dawn to compete in Austin at TX State Solo & Ensemble contest.  This group earned 15 medals including 3 Superior solo medals for Samuel Gross, Andrea Jackson and Persephanie Cano.  Congratulations to a hard working group of talented musicians for once again shattering the record for number of participants at the State contest and the number of medals earned !  Jennifer Allison, East HS Choir.

We took five students from West Choir, received four medals at STATE! 1 Gold, and 3 Silver.  Great start for our groups this first year.  Very proud!  Marylynn McMichael, West HS Choir.

ORCHESTRA:  Eddie Ebner of the East HS orchestra received a rating of 1 at the State Solo Ensemble Festival, with Lizzie Caldwell of the WHS orchestra receiving a 2!  Very excited and proud! Don Orser, VISD Orchestra Head Director.