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CTJ Places 6 on TMEA 6A All-State Band
Six Claudia Taylor Johnson band members earned positions in the TMEA 6A All-State Band following weekend auditions at Akins High School in Austin. Sophomore tenor trombone Eli Canales earned his second all-state band honor, placing first in the room during auditions. Others advancing to state include: Senior tuba Owen Bjornson, freshman euphonium Tommy Brennan, junior English horn Ian Compton (who placed second in the state), senior bass clarinet Braeden Laird, and junior percussionist Isaac LaVigne. Johnson also had four more band members named as first alternates for positions. They are: Junior alto clarinet Emily Edgar, senior piccolo Grace Gillock, senior Eb clarinet Rika Hagino, and junior tenor saxophone Parker Payne. Since the school’s opening in 2008, Claudia Taylor Johnson has had 32 different individual members earn places in the TMEA All-State Band, gathering a total of 49 seats over that period.
Four Advance In TMEA All-Region/Area Jazz
Congratulations to our band members who auditioned and advanced in the 2017-18 TMEA Region/Area jazz process. These four will audition again via recording on October 9 for the Texas All State Jazz Band.

• Isaac LaVigne, 11th grade: Advanced on drum set and made Area Jazz Band.
• Eli Canales, 10th grade: Advanced on tenor trombone and made Area Jazz Band.
• Juan San Miguel, 10th grade: Advanced on alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and bari saxophone and made Area Jazz Band.
• Alejandro San Miguel, 9th grade: Advanced on tenor saxophone and made Area Jazz Band.
Robinson Earns Superintendent's Award
2016-17: 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.”
Farnsworth gets Eagle Scout rank
2016-17: 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.
Superior Ratings for CTJ Jazz Bands
2016-17: 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 Winter Guard Wins Bronze Medal
2016-17: Congratulations to the Claudia Taylor Johnson Winter Guard 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.
Sharps Given Texas PTA Lifetime Award
2016-17: 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 recognized Mr. Sharps at the annual NEISD Founder’s Day Celebration in February 2017.
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
Congratulations to all of our band members who auditioned at TMEA Region. We had 19 students advance to Area contest and move to the next and final round of the TMEA All State Process.

The 19 who advanced represent two more students than CTJ had last year, and just one below the school record of 20. Given the demands of this fall (and trip to Grand Nationals), the the competitive nature of our region, we are thrilled with the results from this evening and very proud of all of the students who auditioned tonight.

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, 2016. Nine CTJ band members earned first chair in the region/won their room.

2016-17 CLAUDIA TAYLOR JOHNSON BAND
TMEA ALL-AREA RESULTS

Grace Gillock: 1st chair, Piccolo, Orchestra
Audrey Payne: 1st chair, Flute, Orchestra
Briana Gonzalez: 3rd chair, Flute
Zakery Sifuentez: 1st chair, Oboe, Orchestra
Alyssa Gonzales: 4th chair, Oboe
Kristen Hutchins: 1st chair, Eb Clarinet
Lauren Siegal: 5th chair, Bb Clarinet
Rika Hagino: 8th chair, Bb Clarinet
Chloe Gonzales: 1st chair, Alto Clarinet
Braeden Laird: 1st chair, Bass Clarinet, Orchestra
John Nickels: 1st chair, Contrabass
Parker Payne: 1st chair, Tenor Saxophone
Bryce Freund: 6th chair, Trumpet
Patrick Sanford: 4th chair, French Horn, Orchestra
Eli Canales: 4th chair, Tenor Trombone, Orchestra
Allan Foote: 1st chair, Bass Trombone, Orchestra
Aaron Wallick: 1st chair, Euphonium
Joseph Lukowski: 3rd chair, Tuba
Isaac LaVigne: 6th chair, Percussion
36 Earn TMEA All-Region Spots
The Claudia Taylor Johnson Band had 36 students earn positions in the All-District Band — placing 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.

• Piccolo: Grace Gillock, 11th grade (Ranked 1st in the room); Nicole Hutchins, 12th grade (Ranked 2nd in the room)
• Flute: Audrey Payne, 12th grade (Ranked 1st in the room); Briana Gonazlez, 12th grade (Ranked 2nd in the room); Madelyn Hall, 11th grade; Kayma Williamson, 11th grade
• Eb Clarinet: Kristen Hutchins, 12th grade
• Bb Clarinet: Rika Hagino, 11th grade; Lauren Siegal, 12th grade; Bella Nunez, 12th grade; Kristen Hutchins, 12th grade
• Alto Clarinet: Chloe Gonzales, 12th grade (Ranked 1st in the room); Braeden Laird, 11th grade
• Bass Clarinet: Braeden Laird, 11th grade (Ranked 1st in the room)
• Contrabass Clarinet: John Nickels, 12th grade (Ranked 1st in the room)
• Oboe: Zakery Sifuentez, 10th grade (Ranked 1st in the room); Alyssa Gonzales, 11th grade (Ranked 3rd in the room)
• Alto Saxophone: Anthony “Kimo” Johnson, 12th grade (Ranked 1st in the room) Tenor Saxophone: Parker Payne, 10th grade (Ranked 1st in the room)
• Baritone Saxophone: Juan San Miguel, 9th grade
• Trumpet: Bryce Freund, 12th grade; Clifton Sitterle, 12th grade
• French Horn: Patrick Sanford, 10th grade (Ranked 2nd in the room); Jazmin Robinson, 12th grade; Elliot Peters, 11th grade
• Tenor Trombone: Eli Canales, 9th grade (Ranked 1st in the room); Tim Lutz, 10th grade
• Bass Trombone: Allan Foote, 11th grade (Ranked 2nd in the room); Kyle Farnsworth, 12th grade (Ranked 3rd in the room)
• Euphonium: Aaron Wallick, 12th grade (Ranked 2nd in the room)
• Tuba: Joseph Lukowski, 10th grade; Clayton Stuller, 10th grade
• Percussion: Isaac LaVigne, 10th grade (Ranked 2nd in the room); Dalton Sanders, 12th grade; Sean Stuller, 9th grade; Luis Valenzuela, 12th grade
22 Earn TMEA All-District Spots
Congratulations and great job to the Claudia Taylor Johnson band members who auditioned for TMEA All-District Band.

• Flute: Nicole Hutchins, 12th grade; Laura Pike, 11th grade
• Bb Clarinet: Daniel Estrada, 9th grade; Jacob Castillo, 12th grade; Emma Cook, 11th grade; Karla Flores, 11th grade
• Bass Clarinet: Alex Rheney, 9th grade
• Bassoon: Tess Bracy, 11th grade
• Tenor Saxophone: Quinn Murphey, 10th grade
• Trumpet: Luke Pratorius, 11th grade; Will Donoghue, 10th grade; Noah Schafer, 10th grade; Connor Tipton, 10th grade
• French Horn: Taylor Lovato-Cruz, 11th grade
• Tenor Trombone: Aiden Sutherland, 10th grade
• Euphonium: Brendan Wilde, 11th grade; Moses Roberts, 10th grade
• Tuba: Owen Bjornson, 11th grade; Christian Limon, 11th grade; Jonathan Yakey, 12th grade
• Percussion: Alejandro Navarro, 12th grade
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.

The Superior performances:

• Flute Trio: Nicole Hutchins, Bridget Lamm, Amanda Listiak (Sonaten, Book 1)
• Flute Trio: Grace Gillock, Briana Gonzales, Madelyn Hall (Trio for Flutes Op. 51 No. 1)
• Tuba/Euphonium Quartet: Aaron Wallick (Euphonium), Misato Ueda (Euphonium), Clayton Stuller (Tuba), Joseph Lukowki (Tuba)
(Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)
• Soprano Saxophone: Jireh Robinson (Concerto in C Minor)
• Flute: Jiawen Chen (Piece Pour Flute Seule)
• Twirling: Rebekah Gonzales
• Clarinet Choir: Kristen Hutchins, Bethany Hutchings, Kristen Pallesen, John Nickels, Chloe Gonzales, Tracy Le, Emma Cook, Rika Hagino, Sarah Lamm, Amy Boenig (Italian In Algiers)
• Keyboard Percussion: Denis Clifford (Preludes 1-5)
• Keyboard Percussion: Evan Jose (November Evening)
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.
Lipman Given Texas PTA Lifetime Award
On December 3, 2014, Claudia Taylor Johnson Director of Bands Jarrett Lipman received the Texas Life Member Award from the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School PTSA during the faculty meeting for his outstanding contribution, dedication, and involvement in the lives of our students. Nominations came from parents, staff, and faculty at Johnson.

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