Friday, June 18, 2021

Carroll Senior Selected to All-State Choir

Pictured from left to right: Bradley Kerley, Associate Director of Choirs at CSHS; Megan Pierson, Hannah Bronson, Colton Hess and Marla Ringel, Director of Choirs at CSHS

Carroll Senior, Colton Hess has been selected to represent Carroll Choirs in the 2014 All-State Mixed Choir at the Texas Music Educators Association convention next month. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.

Colton along with classmates Megan Pierson and Hannah Bronson competed in Abilene the weekend of January 11 in the final round of auditions fort the 2014 Texas All -State Ensembles. In this final round of auditions, Megan placed 18th out of the original 250 Alto I’s.  Hannah made 3rd chair piccolo and Colton was ranked 4th out of the 250 Bass I’s.

Over 1,500 students are selected among more than 55,000 students from around the state competing for this honor to perform in one of 13 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other Regions in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual state TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances before thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close.

For more information about Carroll Choirs, visit this webpage of the Carroll Choir Booster Club website.

State Conference Among Jazz Band's Upcoming Gigs

Members of the Carroll Jazz Band have a very busy spring semester. Students are in full swing rehearsing for a list of high profile performances scheduled in the coming months.

On Friday, February 14 the Carroll Jazz Band will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association annual conference in San Antonio. Invitation to play at the conference goes to only one group a year.The band is chosen by a blind audition process by a panel of judges who are college educators from around the state.

Carroll Jazz will take the stage with guest artist Stockton Helbing. Helbing is formerly the drummer and musical director for the Maynard Ferguson Big Band and is now the drummer for trumpeter Doc Severinsen.

“I’m greatly looking forward to my performance as guest artist with Carroll High School’s top jazz band at TMEA this February, Helbing said. “Carroll’s top jazz group is always one of the most talented high school groups that I get to work with each year thanks to the hard work of the students and the world class jazz education provided by my good friend David Lown, who is also a top not jazz saxophonist in his own right.”

“This is our highest-profile event this spring,” said David Lown, Director of Jazz Bands for Carroll ISD. “The TMEA Invited High School Jazz Ensemble is our top group; it’s similar to the Honor Band system for concert bands in Texas.” A publicity video for the TMEA performance is featured below.

In addition to the TMEA Conference performance, Carroll Jazz will also be playing the Jazz Education Network Annual Conference in Dallas on Friday, Jan. 10. More performances will follow later in the spring including the UTA, TCU and UT Jazz Festitvals, as well as the Allen Jazz Festival, Southlake Jazz Festival, Art in the Square and the Carroll Jazz Spring Concert.

Dragon Performers Advance to All State

Carroll ISD Senior Neha Jain

Carroll ISD Band Director Jay Bach recently announced the selection of Neha Jain and Danielle Rodriguez for their selection to the Texas Music Educators All State Band and Choir.

Jain plays flute for the Dragon Band. She was also selected to All State last year. Click here to read that post. Danielle Rodriguez sings in the Dragon Choir. She was also selected to All State last year. Click here for details.

Carroll ISD Senior Danielle Rodriguez

The students were selected after successful performances at the Area A Audition held on Saturday, Jan. 12 in Abilene. The audition process began last fall with upwards to 25, 000 students at the region audition level.

Jain and Rodriguez join Jared Neeley, All State Jazz trombone, in February at the TMEA Clinic and Convention held in San Antonio.

All three students are also members of Green Jackets. The Green Jackets are a select group of student ambassadors, selected by faculty, to represent Carroll ISD in various district and civic capacities.