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Rewind: A Great 2016-17 For CTJ

As the 2016-17 school year ends and we say farewell to a truly exceptional class of seniors, let’s celebrate one last time another amazing year of individual and ensemble performances by Claudia Taylor Johnson band members and ensembles.

“We talk a lot to the kids, in their performances, about not just performing to be noticed but performing to be remembered,” CTJ Director of Bands Jarrett Lipman told FloMarching. “And that’s a lot about what we try to do with Claudia Taylor is just to create things that people will really enjoy watching and listening to ... and that they’re going to remember and they’re going to talk about.”

Below are a few highlights from the 2016-17 school year.


  • Finished ninth in the nation at BOA Grand National Championships

  • Fourth at BOA San Antonio Super Regionals — its fifth consecutive Top 5 finish in this event

  • Second at BOA Conroe Regional and third at BOA Austin Regional

  • UIL Region 12 Sweepstakes award

  • First place, 6A division at 79th Battle of the Flowers Band Festival

  • Senior euphonium and CTJ drum major Aaron Wallick named to the Bands of America Honor Band, participating in the 128th Rose Parade

  • Featured in FloMarching’s first full-length feature film, “All Access: Claudia Taylor Johnson”


  • Sweepstakes awards for each of CTJ’s three bands at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest for the seventh consecutive year

  • Seven — Aaron Wallick, Lauren Siegel, John Nickels, Audrey Payne, Bryce Freund, Patrick Sanford, and Eli Canales — were named to the TMEA All-State Band

  • Fifty-eight band members earned positions in the TMEA All-District band, including 36 who placed at the top of their rooms and advancing in competition

  • Sixty-eight band members were honored with Superior ratings for either solos or as part of an ensemble for the UIL District Solo & Ensemble competition


  • Both bands received Superior ratings at the 49th annual Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival

  • Second-place finish for Jazz Band II in non-varsity division in Kingsville

  • Senior trumpter Clifton Sitterle and freshman trombonist Eli Canales received outstanding soloist awards and named to competition’s All-Star Jazz Band


  • Bronze medalist, Scholastic World division, Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championship

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