Superior Ratings for CTJ Jazz Bands
The Claudia Taylor Johnson Jazz Band I and Jazz Band II each received Superior ratings during weekend competition at the 49th Annual Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival. CTJ’s Jazz Band II placed second in the non-varsity division, and in individual honors, Johnson senior trumpter Clifton Sitterle and freshman trombonist Eli Canales received outstanding soloist awards and named to the competition’s All-Star Jazz Band. CTJ has participated in the Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival — which draws more than 30 top jazz ensembles across South Texas — since the school’s opening 2008.
CTJ Gets 34 In UIL State Competition
Claudia Taylor Johnson had 10 soloists and six
ensembles — a total of 34 band members — advance to the state level of competition after earning
Superior/1 ratings at the UIL District Solo & Ensemble competition
held February 25 at James Madison High School.
In all, a total of 68
CTJ band members were honored with Superior/1 ratings for either solos or as part of an ensemble. An additional 27
Johnson band members earned Superior/1 ratings on Class 1 solos, and
another six earned Superior/1 ratings on Class 2/Intermediate solos.
The UIL State Solo
& Ensemble competition will be held May 27-29 at the University of
Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music.
SEE WHO ADVANCED TO STATE, WHO RECEIVED 1/2 RATINGS
7 At CTJ Make Texas All-State Band
Claudia Taylor Johnson capped a fantastic weekend with seven members earning positions in the TMEA All-State Band, including three-time honoree Aaron Wallick and Lauren Siegel and John Nickels making the state’s top band for the second time each. Johnson seniors Audrey Payne (flute) and Bryce Freund (trumpet), sophomore Patrick Sanford (french horn), and freshman Eli Canales (tenor trombone) made All-State Band for the first time. A total of 19 CTJ band members qualified for All-Area, sending them to the early January All-State auditions at the University of Texas in Austin.
Since the school’s opening in 2008, Claudia Taylor
Johnson has had 27 members make the TMEA All-State Band, gathering a
total of 43 seats over that period. From NEISD, Johnson had the most All-State qualifiers, followed by Reagan (6), Churchill (4), and MacArthur and Madison (1 each). Earlier
this fall, CTJ had 58 students earn positions in the All-District Band —
including 36 who placed at the top of their rooms and advanced to
region-level competition. CTJ’s seven all-staters performed on February 11 at the TMEA Convention at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center’s Lila Cockrell Theater.READ: CTJ and Texas All-State BandSEE WHO ADVANCED TO ALL-AREA | SEE WHO MADE ALL-DISTRICT
The CTJ Marching Band, Color Guard, and Dance Team is the subject of FloMarching’s full-length feature film, “All Access: Claudia Taylor Johnson,” which premiered the two-episode mini-documentary on Dec. 21, 2016.
The film from FloMarching, live stream and event coverage provider for marching band competitions, follows CTJ as it prepared for competition at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional in late October and early November. Accompanying the documentary, which goes behind the scenes to give the viewer an inside look at CTJ's intense preparation during the 2016 marching season, are multiple articles about the band program on FloMarching.com. Links to those articles can be found below, and you can still catch Episodes One and Two on FloMarching.
“All Access: Claudia Taylor Johnson” is available to FloMarching's FloPRO members. A FloPRO subscription is $12.50 monthly (when paid as a $150 annual subscription), or $20 for a month-to-month subscription. In addition, users of Roku’s streaming service can download the FloSports app and view the episodes as part of its package.
The Story of CTJ at Grand Nats
“We talk a lot to the kids, in their performances, about not just performing to be noticed but performing to be remembered. 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.” — Jarrett Lipman, Director of BandsFeature produced by Music For All and Bands of America on CTJ's 2016 Grand National Finals appearance.
VIEW: 2016 Marching Season Show ‘Flashdance,’ Season Results
READ: CTJ 9th At BOA Grand Nationals; 4th BOA Finals Appearance of ’16
READ: Praise for ‘Flashdance,’ CT Johnson on Twitter
CTJ Band kicks off Capital Campaign
Faced with a fast-growing band membership, the Johnson High School band has kicked off a year-long, $50,000 campaign toward the purchase of new instruments and equipment for the program. Consider a tax deductible donation to the band, and share with friends, family and band alumni.
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