On April 26, 2016, the Johnson Band held its annual
auditions for 2016-17 CTJ Drum Major positions. Twelve finalists were invited to audition
after completing a lengthy application process including preparing a résumé,
gathering teacher evaluations, and responding to more than a dozen short answer
essay prompts. During the audition process, the candidates conducted about two
and a half minutes of the opener, and participated in an interview to allow the
panel better insight into their goals as a student, their philosophy on teamwork,
and their ability to cultivate a healthy and familial environment in the band
program. We are now prepared and excited to announce our 2016-17 Drum Majors.
Our Head Drum Major and Band President is Briana Gonzalez. A
current junior, Briana plays flute in the Wind Ensemble and serves as one of
our flute section leaders. She has earned chairs in the TMEA All Region Bands
the last two years, and advanced to Area this year. Briana has been one of our
most dedicated leaders and is extremely well respected by her peers and band
will serve as an Assistant Drum Major and
will also continue to march. Aaron is a junior, and a euphonium player in the
Wind Ensemble. He is a two-time TMEA All State Band member, and a current
section leader. This coming January, Aaron will march in the 128th Tournament
of Roses Parade with the Bands of America Honor Band. Aaron practices servant
leadership, and has done a wonderful job building a sense of family in the
Another current junior, Audrey Payne will serve as an
Assistant Drum Major, after doing a wonderful job as one of our flute section
leader this past year. Audrey is a top student and musician at Johnson High
School. She is very active as a volunteer, and goes out of her way to help
other students in the program. Audrey has consistently earned chairs in all
region band, and the last two years has advanced to TMEA All Area Band.
Our next Assistant Drum Major is Bryce Freund, a junior
trumpet player in Wind Ensemble. Bryce currently serves as one of the Vice
Presidents of our Music Library, where he has been active in helping manage
music distribution throughout the school year. In addition, Bryce is a trumpet
section leader, and has achieved consistent success in TMEA All Region
auditions and Solo and Ensemble. Bryce always follows through with his
commitments, and is an outstanding role model in the band.
Finally, we have selected Allan Foote as our Junior
Assistant Drum Major. Allan is currently a bass trombonist in Wind Ensemble and
our jazz band. Allan placed into our top concert band as a freshman, and has
excelled in the TMEA audition process, placing 3rd in the area this year as
only a sophomore. Allan’s positive attitude and enthusiasm have been
inspirational throughout our program, and we look forward to his leadership for
the next two seasons.
Our incoming drum majors have a wonderful opportunity over
the next month to work alongside of our 2015-16 Drum Majors Angeline Rosado,
Bennet Blevins, Cameron Prescott, Camie Sanchez, and Nat Hsu. They will spend
these weeks training and “learning the ropes” as we prepare for June band camp.
We are also very excited for our upcoming Captain, Section
Leader, and Elected Officer Auditions, held in early June.
Congratulations to all!