HS jazz ensembles shine bright at TMEA Region 28 auditions

Harlingen High School Jazz Ensemble
Harlingen High School South Jazz Ensemble

Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South Jazz Ensembles shined bright this past Saturday at the TMEA Region 28 jazz band auditions held at Harlingen High School.

High-school students from Brownsville to Donna participated in the annual jazz competition where each student performed three prepared pieces and an improvisational solo. HHS and HHSS had the most student winners of all high schools participating earning 17 and 10 spots respectively. Of these All-Region jazz winners, 13 from HHS and 3 from HHSS were selected as All-Area candidates. They will record their performance for an opportunity to make the Texas All-State Jazz Band. All-State results will be announced in November.

HHS winners include: Jesus Rodriguez-1st chair Alto Sax, Haydee Muñoz-2nd chair Alto Sax, Ethan Spindle-1st chair Tenor Sax, Aaron Zapata-2nd chair Tenor Sax, Josue Ayala-1st chair Bari-Sax, Rogelio Treviño-1st chair Trumpet, Abram Alaniz-2nd chair Trumpet, Randey Castañeda-5th chair Trumpet, Vincent Cañas-6th chair Trumpet, Nathan Gonzales-9th chair Trumpet, Devin Porras-10th chair Trumpet,  Abel Garza-1st chair Trombone, Joe Gonzalez-3rd chair Trombone, Matthew Chavez-5th chair Trombone, Joseph Perez-2nd chair Bass Trombone, Justis Morales-1st chair Guitar, Ricky Gonzales-1st chair Drums

HHSS winners include: Kevin Perez-2nd chair Bari Sax, Cristian Palacios-2nd chair Trombone, Xavier Esparza-4th chair Trombone, Mathew Benavides-3rd chair Bass Trombone, Allyson Gaytan-3rd chair Trumpet, Erika Hernandez-1st chair Piano, Daniel Ruiz-3rd chair Drums, Josh Delgado-2nd chair Drums, Michael Garza-2nd chair Bass, Christian Olvera-2nd chair Alto Sax

All Regional winners will participate in an All-Star concert in February at the HCISD PAC.

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