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The Claudia Taylor Johnson Band had 18 members earn chairs in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Band or All-State Jazz Band for 2018-19 — including eight who were first place in the room following Area E auditions and two who were first in state for jazz.

The total was the most ever for CTJ, with the previous high being eight.

The 16 making TMEA All-State Band for 2019 (an asterisk denotes first in the room):
Tracy Le, 12th grade — Eb Clarinet*
Jake Glaser, 9th grade — Bb Clarinet
Emily Edgar, 12th grade — Alto Clarinet*
Trevor Moss, 12th grade — Contrabass Clarinet*
Ian Compton, 12th grade — English Horn*
Parker Payne, 12th grade — Tenor Saxophone*
Hondo San Miguel, 10th grade — Baritone Saxophone*
Bruno Zuniga-Hernandez, 11th grade — Trumpet
Patrick Sanford, 12th grade — French Horn
Eli Canales, 11th grade — Tenor Trombone
Preston Payne, 10th grade — Tenor Trombone
Aiden Sutherland, 12th grade — Bass Trombone*
Tommy Brennan, 10th grade — Euphonium
Moses Roberts, 12th grade — Euphonium
Clayton Stuller, 12th grade — Tuba*
Joseph Lukowski, 12th grade — Tuba

TMEA All-State Jazz Band for 2019 (asterisk denotes first chair):
Isaac LaVigne, 12th grade — Drum Set*
Juan San Miguel, 11th grade — Alto Saxophone*

Both Juan and Isaac placed first in an extraordinarily competitive audition process. Only four alto saxophonists, and four drum set players from the entire state advance to the TMEA All-State Jazz Bands — and CTJ’s two students placed first in the process.   Isaac is also Johnson’s first band member to place in both the Concert percussion and Jazz drum set side of the process.

In November, a record 32 Claudia Taylor Johnson band members — including 13 who made first chair — advanced to the TMEA All-Area Band. Two weeks earlier during the first audition round, Johnson placed 50 band members into the TMEA All-Region 12 Band, and another 19 students into the TMEA All District Band. Ten CTJ band members hold first chairs in the Region 12 band.

Since the school’s opening in 2008, CTJ has had 45 band members earn chairs in the TMEA All-State bands, gathering a total of 66 chairs over that period.

CTJ retreat congratulates Vista Ridge
CTJ band members, colorguard, and dance squad (white plumes) rush Vista Ridge following retreat to congratulate them on winning the UIL 6A State marching gold medal following finals competition.

Johnson 7th in UIL 6A to End Season

UIL logo The Claudia Taylor Johnson Marching Band made its last two runs of 2018 at the UIL 6A State Marching Contest, finishing seventh out of 12 finalists performing in the season finale at the Alamodome.

CTJ band finished seventh in the UIL 6A State Marching ContestVista Ridge was the gold medalist, getting “1” placements from three of the five finals judges for its music and marching performance. The 6A silver medalist was Flower Mound, and the bronze medal went to Vandegrift.

Sister NEISD school Ronald Reagan finished in sixth place.

In preliminary competition, Johnson had an energetic performance of its 2018 show, “Tremendous Sea of Love,” and was in fourth place heading into finals, ahead of Hebron, Reagan, and Leander. Flower Mound was the top band after prelims.

For CTJ, the 2018 season was another successful one, winning two Bands of America regional championships and its 11th consecutive sweepstakes award at the UIL Region 12 contest. Johnson also recorded its eighth consecutive Top Five finish at the BOA San Antonio Super Regional, held just two days before the UIL state marching contest.

Just one week earlier at UIL Area D competition, Johnson’s third-place finish ended one of the more remarkable runs in recent marching band history. CTJ had won six consecutive competitions — including five straight Bands of America competitions — going back to the beginning of the 2017 marching season.

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