UIL Region Solo and Ensemble Contest
Saturday, February 25th, 16 students from the Rotan Yellowhammer Band attended the UIL Region Solo and Ensemble Contest at Abilene High school. The students performed in 4 different groups including a clarinet quartet, flute quartet, saxophone quartet, and a brass quartet. Citlali Perales also performed a flute solo. Small group pieces are very valuable for the development of young musicians. They get to work as a group to put a piece of music together on their own working through through tempo changes, individual entrances, and tuning within their small groups.
All four quartets received a superior first division rating and our flute soloist, Citlali, also received a superior first division rating. This means that we took home 17 1st division medals from this contest. It could not have turned out any better!
Flute Quartet - Suite Manitale, McKay
Raychel Anderle
Joby Lopez
Alejandra Perales
Citlali Perales
Clarinet Quartet - At an Old Trysting Place, Mcdowell/Harris
Andrea Flores
Skyler Kamer
Shailyn Kendrick
Joey Robertson
Saxophone Quartet - Sarabande and Air, Handel/Johnson
Sam Denton
Jackie Dunn
Jax Hurt
Caleb Rosenblad
Brass Quartet - Brass Quartet No. 1, Maurice Whitney
Kade Corn
Rachel Counts
Hunter Elrod
Jorge Perales
Flute Solo - Sonata II in G Major, Platti/Moyse
Citlali Perales
The students are able to choose repertoire from 3 different levels that are listed on the UIL Prescribed Music List. Level 1 being the most difficult of pieces. Our brass quartet was the only group to perform a level 1 piece which has now qualified them for the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin Tx. We will be taking their group down May 29th to represent our school and band program.
We are very proud of the continuous hard work and dedication that our students in the Rotan Yellowhammer Band put forth at every competition they attend. Congrats to all of them!

Yellowhammer Band Receives DIVISION I RATING

at Region Band Competition in San Angelo

On December 5 middle school band students auditioned for the Region 6 all-district band. All 5 of the students qualified for the band. Brynn Yanez - 4th chair flute. Alejandra Perales - 6th chair flute. Jorge Perales - 3rd chair trombone. Kalli Wilson - alternate contra alto clarinet (was called to sub for Bb clarinet.) Sam Menchaca - 1st chair tuba. This past Saturday, Jan 14th, the students had the privilege of attending the Region clinic and concert in Ballinger. They got to play in a band consisting of the top middle school students in the region. They rehearsed for 6 long hours and performed a concert that evening. Congrats to our middle school band students who worked extremely hard and were rewarded with an experience they will never forget!



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