CSMS Band Tries out for ‘Texas Honor Band’

Libby Monahan, writer/editor

Last Friday at the AISD PAC, the Small wind ensemble band tried out for the Texas Honor Band. For this sort of competition there is no guarantee for a win, yet, the students sacrificed the chance to learn new music and set to work perfecting the UIL music. The program Consisted of “AMINA,” a Spanish march composed by Paul Lincke, “Deir en De,” arranged by Warren Barker, and “Summer Resounding,” by Brian Balmages.

Director Tonia Mathews brought in many people to help the students take the music to the next level. These people included Mrs. Rainey, a prestigious retired band director who had actually won the Texas honor band before, and Mr. Glaser, a Texas State University professor, to provide helpful advice and tips.

“It’s an amazing honor just to try out for this type of thing,” said Rainey.

The Texas Honor band is a competition open to all middle or high school bands that play music with a certain degree of difficulty, and the pieces played have to be the UIL pieces. The band has to submit a recording and they have four chances to record. The recording must be staged as a real concert with concert attire and an audience. Each district has six competitors recordings then the winner recording goes on to the next level. Then the winner of that goes on to the next level– and so forth until they have the state winner.

All in all, the band has put in the work, so wish the best of luck toward the wind ensemble.