The Melissa High School Band competed in the University Interscholastic League’s Solo and Ensemble contest at Celina and Plano East High Schools on Feb. 8 where four ensembles and eight soloists received a class one, first division rating. These ratings will qualify their entry into the state level competition. The four ensembles and eight soloists who will go on to compete at the University of Texas in Austin in May for the state round also mark a record amount of entries for the MISD Band Program.
The ranking of class one, first division is reserved only for the ensembles and soloists who are judged to have superior mastery of their instruments while performing pieces of music from memory. The first, second, and third divisions are awarded with gold, silver, and bronze medals respectively.
The following students compose the brass, flute trio, sax quartet and percussion ensembles who took home gold and will advance to the state level of competition: the brass ensemble of Jerremy Fender, August Greer, Trace Greer, Andrew Solis, Cat Whitten, Fiorella Henriquez, Azzarea Tureaud-Borin, Asia Wood, Ashton Alexander, Kellen Berry, Albert Rodriguez, Tyler Woodley, Zyan Banasky, Nana Bonsu, Jarod Dodson, Davis Hernandez, Daniel Layman, Matthew Malone, Kalenn Price, Regan Rogers, and Hannah Russell.
The soloists advancing to the state level to compete for the UIL outstanding soloist award will include Fiorella Henriquez and Azzarea Tureaud-Borin for flute, Kylah Banasky for clarinet, Tyler Greenway for saxaphone, Jerremy Fender for trombone and piano, Daniel Layman for snare drum, Nana Bonsu and Hannah Russell on marimba.