High-school musicians shine at Region 28 Jazz Band auditions

Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South jazz musicians “shined” bright at the TMEA region 28 jazz band auditions held at HHS.

High-school students from Brownsville to Donna participated in the annual jazz competition. Each student performed three prepared pieces and an improvisational solo.

Together HHS and South had 17 students earning spots in the All-Region band, 11 of which were selected as All-Area candidates and will record their performance for an opportunity to make the Texas All-State Jazz Band. All-State results will be announced in November. All-region winners will participate in an All-Star concert on Feb. 9, 2019, at the HCISD PAC.

HHS winners include:
Diego Johnson- 1st chair Alto Sax
Ariel Gonzales- 2nd chair Alto Sax
Jacob Garza- 1st chair Tenor Sax
Benjamin Jaso (Cano Academy)- 2nd chair Tenor Sax
Damasio Valadez- 1st chair Bari-Sax
Sean Wood- 3rd chair Trumpet
Vincent Cañas- alternate Trumpet
Matthew Chavez- 3rd chair Trombone
Jacob Villarreal- 4th chair Trombone
Jacob Garcia- 8th chair Trombone
Jacob P. Garza- 2nd chair Bass Trombone
Bianca Lopez- 1st chair Guitar
Joshua Hueso-Morales- 1st chair Piano
Christian Cavazos- alternate bass guitar
Michael Maldonado- 4th chair Drums

HHSS winners include:
Ethan Gonzalez- 3rd Chair Alto Saxophone (Region Jazz Band 2)
Armando Cavada- 2nd Chair Piano (Region Jazz Band 2)
Saul Velez- 1st Chair Tenor-Trombone (Advances to Area, Region Jazz Band 1)
Luis Alicea- 7th Chair Tenor-Trombone (Region Jazz Band 2)

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