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18 at CTJ Make All-State Band

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Band had 18 members earn chairs in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Band or All-State Jazz Band for 2018-19 — including eight who were first place in the room following Area E auditions and two who were first in state for jazz.


The total was the most ever for CTJ, with the previous high being eight.


The 16 who made the TMEA All-State Band for 2019 (an asterisk denotes first in the room):

  • Tracy Le, 12th grade — Eb Clarinet*

  • Jake Glaser, 9th grade — Bb Clarinet

  • Emily Edgar, 12th grade — Alto Clarinet*

  • Trevor Moss, 12th grade — Contrabass Clarinet*

  • Ian Compton, 12th grade — English Horn*

  • Parker Payne, 12th grade — Tenor Saxophone*

  • Hondo San Miguel, 10th grade — Baritone Saxophone*

  • Bruno Zuniga-Hernandez, 11th grade — Trumpet

  • Patrick Sanford, 12th grade — French Horn

  • Eli Canales, 11th grade — Tenor Trombone

  • Preston Payne, 10th grade — Tenor Trombone

  • Aiden Sutherland, 12th grade — Bass Trombone*

  • Tommy Brennan, 10th grade — Euphonium

  • Moses Roberts, 12th grade — Euphonium

  • Clayton Stuller, 12th grade — Tuba*

  • Joseph Lukowski, 12th grade — Tuba


TMEA All-State Jazz Band for 2019 (asterisk denotes first chair):

  • Isaac LaVigne, 12th grade — Drum Set*

  • Juan San Miguel, 11th grade — Alto Saxophone*


Both Juan and Isaac placed first in an extraordinarily competitive audition process. Only four alto saxophonists, and four drum set players from the entire state advance to the TMEA All-State Jazz Bands — and CTJ’s two students placed first in the process. Isaac is also Johnson’s first band member to place in both the Concert percussion and Jazz drum set side of the process.


In November, a record 32 Claudia Taylor Johnson band members — including 13 who made first chair — advanced to the TMEA All-Area Band. Two weeks earlier during the first audition round, Johnson placed 50 band members into the TMEA All-Region 12 Band, and another 19 students into the TMEA All District Band. Ten CTJ band members hold first chairs in the Region 12 band.


Since the school’s opening in 2008, CTJ has had 45 band members earn chairs in the TMEA All-State bands, gathering a total of 66 chairs over that period.


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