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RISD band students earn all-region honors

Rockdale’s Vargas, Milano’s Thomason qualify for area auditions


Members of the Rockdale High School band who earned all-region Melanie Ibarra, (back row) Ariel Buentello, Tyler King, Travis were (front row, l–r) Melinda Perez, Heather Vargas, Autumn Davenport, King, Hugo Ayala, Doug Mauldin. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Members of the Rockdale High School band who earned all-region Melanie Ibarra, (back row) Ariel Buentello, Tyler King, Travis were (front row, l–r) Melinda Perez, Heather Vargas, Autumn Davenport, King, Hugo Ayala, Doug Mauldin. Reporter/Marie Bakken Twenty Rockdale ISD band students recently earned all-region honors at Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB; Class 3A and under) Region 18/26 auditions, according to RHS band director Adrian Acevado and RJH director Lance Walker.

Nine RHS students earned allregion chairs with one, Heather Vargas earning a spot for area tryouts, Acevado said. High school regional auditions were held Dec. 11 in Smithville.

The all region clinic and conc ert will be held Jan. 21-22 at Evans Audi- torium on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.

Vargas will compete at area tryouts on Jan. 8 at Waco Robinson High School.

All-region symphonic


Vargas Vargas • Heather Vargas, flute, 2nd chair (qualified for area auditions).

• Melanie Ibarra, clarinet, 17th chair (4th highest ranked freshman in region).

• Melinda Perez, French horn, 7th (highest ranked sophomore in region).

• Hugo Ayala, percussion, 8th chair.

All-region concert

• Tyler King, French horn, 5th chair.

• Autumn Davenport, French horn, 10th chair (2nd highest ranked freshman in region).

• Doug Mauldin, tuba, 8th chair (5th highest ranked junior in region).

• Ariel Buentello, bass clarinet,

1st chair.

• Travis King, baritone, 5th chair.

JUNIOR HIGH–Eleven RJH students earned all-region band honors. Their auditions were held Nov. 13 at Taylor Middle School.


Thomason Thomason The junior high all- region ATSSB clinic and concert were held Nov. 19-20 in Hutto.

“These students did a fantastic job and are truly the cream of the crop,” Walker said.

All-region symphonic

• Kristina Zepeda, flute, 5th chair.

• Emily Wagner, clarinet, 8th chair.

• Gabby Garcia, French horn, 2nd chair.

• Emily Ibarra, French horn, 7th chair.

• Travis Morgan, trombone, 8th chair.

• Tyler Land, percussion, 7th chair.

All-region concert

• Ryann Morgan, oboe, 1st chair.

• Julianna Juarez, tenor saxaphone, 3rd chair.

• Gerritt Davenport, trumpet, 12th chair.

• Quondrous Ayala, trombone, 8th chair.

• John Rivers, euphonium, 6th chair.

MILANO–Elisabeth Thomason, a junior at Milano High School, also auditioned in Smithville on Dec. 11 on French horn.


Rockdale Junior High all-region band students are (front row, l–r) Gabrielle Garcia, Ryann Morgan, Gerritt Davenport, Kristina Zepeda, Emily Ibarra, (back row) Tyler Land, Emily Wagner, Travis Morgan, Quondrous Ayala, John Rivers, Julianna Juarez. Rockdale Junior High all-region band students are (front row, l–r) Gabrielle Garcia, Ryann Morgan, Gerritt Davenport, Kristina Zepeda, Emily Ibarra, (back row) Tyler Land, Emily Wagner, Travis Morgan, Quondrous Ayala, John Rivers, Julianna Juarez. She earned f if th chair in the all- region symphonic band and also earned a spot at the area auditions on Jan. 8.

This is Thomason’s third consecutive year to reach the area level. Last year she advanced all the way to the state competition. She missed state by one chair in 2008-09.


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