This information is from our High School band director, Todd Felty:
Congratulations are in order for 19 students competing in a solo and ensemble competition consisting of over 15 schools in class 2A through 5A. Eustace High School Band students made a strong showing among a prestigious field of musicians from Garland, Forney, Canton, Commerce, and other surrounding area schools. Two Class one ensembles received a first division rating and a certification to advance to the State Competition in Round Rock on Memorial Day Weekend. Those Ensembles were the Saxophone trio “ Adagio and Allegretto” by Hook performed by Tyler Barrett, Ruby Espiricueta, and Tara Young and the Brass sextet “Canzone #4” by Gabrielli performed by Connie Benefield, Karli Gallops, Christen Murphy, Kevin Richmaond, Temple Hendrickson and Cailyn Pickering.
Those receiving a second division rating were the Percussion Ensemble “Sinister Minster” by Fleck performed by Laura Espiricueta, Ericsen Gudjohnsen, Thomas Henderson, Justin Legel, Randal Price, Warren Benjamin, Savannah Hairl and JoGail Holcombe, and the Bass Clarinet solo “Ballade” performed by Chase Norris as well as the Trombone Solo “Friends” by Smith performed by Amber Cotton.
Congratulations to those students advancing to state and to all the students that put in the time and effort required to prepare for this type of event. A special thank you to the EISD band directors, Todd Felty and Crystal Heidel, for working to prepare these students for such a challenging event.