CTJ News

CTJ’s Robinson Earns Superintendent’s Award

Congratulations to CTJ French horn section leader Jazmin Robinson, who earned the Superintendent’s Award at the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Senior Awards Ceremony on April 24. The following is an excerpt from the program regarding this incredible honor: “The Superintendent’s Award is the highest recognition given to a Johnson graduate. The recipient exemplifies the highest academic achievement, superior leadership, and quality community service.” Said CTJ Director of Bands Jarrett Lipman, “We are incredibly proud of Jazmin for this accomplishment, and ALL of our seniors who were recognized tonight. We are blessed to have so many driven and successful band members.”


CTJ trombonist Farnsworth gets Eagle Scout rank

Congratulations to Kyle Farnsworth, one of our trombone section leaders, who earned the rank of "Eagle Scout" on March 13 at his Eagle Board of Review. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and the designation has has a long history since its founding over 100 years ago. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Kyle is a member of the Wind Ensemble and Full Orchestra at CTJ, and has played with the jazz band in prior years. He is a TMEA All-Area bass trombonist, and comes from a long line of great Johnson/Reagan band members. His older brothers were all in band at CTJ and Reagan; Zachary was our former Brass captain and trumpet soloist, Ryan was a member of our trombone section, and Michael was a trumpet player and section leader at Reagan. As a result, Kyle has grown up around the band program at CTJ, and we are thrilled to celebrate this accomplishment with him during his senior year.


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 Winterguard Wins TCGC State Bronze Medal


Congratulations to the Claudia Taylor Johnson Winterguard on a fantastic season-ending performance with their show, “The Dream,” at the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championships on April 1 in College Station, where the squad won the Bronze Medal in the Scholastic World Division. James Bowie and The Woodlands finished first and second, respectively. We are very proud of the guard members for their hard work and dedication throughout the season, and congratulate them on finishing strong.


 
CTJ’s Sharps Given Texas PTA Lifetime Award 

Alan Sharps, Claudia Taylor Johnson associate director of bands, has been recognized with the Texas PTA Lifetime Membership Award. For more than 90 years, Texas PTA has made available the Honorary Texas PTA Lifetime Membership award as one of the highest honors that may be presented to individuals for outstanding service to children and youth.  

Mr. Sharps regularly works 80-hour weeks on campus, arriving early in the morning and leaving late at night, in order to help students with additional tutoring on their instruments, or instructing our popular jazz band. He is a father figure for the students, as well as the other band directors on campus. He is always jovial, and always willing to help out however he can. He has a great knack for sound equipment, as he is also an amazing recording engineer, and shares these talents with other students on his own time when they are interested. 

North East ISD will recognize Mr. Sharps and the other recipients of this award at the annual NEISD Founder’s Day Celebration in February 2017. Founder’s Day rotates between the seven campuses in NEISD, and this year it will be hosted at Johnson High School, so it will be wonderful for our students to see him honored that evening.


CTJ’s Nickels Honored With ‘Eagle Scout’ Rank  

John Nickels, Claudia Taylor Johnson Wind Ensemble member and TMEA All-State Contrabass Clarinet players, earned the rank of “Eagle Scout” two weeks ago at his Eagle Board of Review.  Eagle Scout  is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the  Boy Scouting  program of the  Boy Scouts  of America ( BSA ). The designation "Eagle Scout " has a long history since its founding more than 100 years ago. Only four percent of  Boy Scouts  are granted this rank after a lengthy review process.  The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Congratulations, John!

19 At CTJ Advance to TMEA All-Area 

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Band had 19 students advance to the All-Area contest — the next and final round of the TMEA All-State Process.  The 19 who advanced this year represent a total just one short of CTJ's school-best ever number of 20.  Seven band members earned chairs in the TMEA Region 12 Orchestra by placing at the top of their room and will perform the weekend of December 9-11. Nine CTJ band members earned first chair in the region/won their room.  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 SEE WHO MADE THE LIST 

58 Earn TMEA All-District Spots 

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Band had 58 students earn positions in the All-District Band — including 36 who placed at the top of their rooms and advancing to region-level competition — following auditions for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 12 All-Region Band. SEE WHO MADE THE LIST  
 

Austin Maldonado Joins Johnson Faculty

We are excited to announce that Mr. Austin Maldonado has joined the team at Johnson as an assistant band director for this coming school year Mr. Maldonado was recently graduated from Texas State University and is a former member of the CTJ band program here. He is an extremely talented Saxophonist and Bassoonist, and was a Drum Major for the Johnson band in 2010.  READ MORE

2016-17 CTJ Student Leaders Announced

CTJ had more than 70 individuals audition for student leadership positions. With larger sections anticipated for 2016-17, the CTJ Band has expanded its student leadership to accommodate and ensure we are able to split up larger sections into smaller focus groups for better teaching and mentorship. Now, for the results.... READ MORE

CTJ Awarded 9 Superior Ratings at TSSEC

Claudia Taylor Johnson band members were awarded nine Superior ratings during the 2016 Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest, held Saturday, May 28, at UT Austin. READ MORE

2016-17 CTJ Drum Majors

On April 26, 2016, the Johnson Band held its annual auditions for 2016-17 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. READ MORE

2016 UIL District Solo & Ensemble

CTJ results from the 2016 UIL District Solo & Ensemble Competition. Johnson had a total of 25 soloists earn Superior Ratings, with seven of those soloists performing by memory or performing a solo off the “non-memory” list and earning a position at UIL State Solo and Ensemble contest. Johnson had 23 ensembles earn Superior Ratings, with 20 of those performing a Class 1 Ensemble, and earning a position at UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest. READ MORE

2015 TMEA All-Area


On December 3, 2015, Johnson High School sent 41 of our ALL-REGION BAND students to audition again at the next round of the TMEA State Process. Johnson had 17 musicians advance to the next round. READ MORE

2015 TMEA Region 12
 

Through the audition process, 43 Johnson Band members earned chairs in the TMEA Region 12 Bands, comprised of students from CTJ, Reagan, Churchill, Judson, Macarthur, Madison, Lee, Roosevelt, Wagner, New Braunfels, Clemens, Steele, and Smithson Valley. Johnson had an additional 16 students earn district band patches for placing high in their roomsREAD MORE
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