2017-18 Recap

CTJ Fourth in 6A State Honor Band

Texas Music Educators AssociationThe Claudia Taylor Johnson Wind Ensemble finished fourth out of 16 6A schools statewide at the Texas Music Educators Association 6A State Honor Band Hearing on July 26 at the Texas Bandmasters Association Conference in San Antonio.

The top five bands included the 2018 Honor Band Vandegrift (first), Flower Mound (second), Duncanville (third), and Coppell (fifth).

“We are thrilled to be included in the TMEA State Competition,” said CTJ Director of Bands Jarrett Lipman. “Our students understand the great challenge of advancing through the elimination process and recognize the incredible company they are a part of at all three levels of the contest. While the competitive results are always an exciting part of the process, the recordings and memories through preparing the for the state contest will last a lifetime. It was an amazing ride for the 2018 Wind Ensemble, and we can't wait to see what the future holds.”

The CTJ Wind Ensemble had placed first at the TMEA 6A Area E and Region 12 Honor Band hearings in June, advancing the group to state. The showing was Johnson’s third Top Five statewide finish in Honor Band competition since 2012. CTJ finished in third place in the 2014 TMEA 5A competition, and fifth in the 2012 TMEA 5A competition.


Superior Rating for Wind Ensemble

Texas Lutheran Band FestivalThe Claudia Taylor Johnson Wind Ensemble capped off its 2018 competitive season by capturing Superior Ratings from the judges and outstanding overall band at the Texas Lutheran University TBS-KKP Band Festival on May 19. The Wind Ensemble performed its 2018 UIL Honor Band selections, “The Free Lance March,” by John Philip Sousa, “Southern Harmony,” by Donald Grantham, and “March to the Scaffold” and “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath” movements from Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.” The Wind Ensemble’s performance also was awarded the exceptional musicianship trophy.


CTJ Jazz Excels At Kingsville Festival

Texas A&M Jazz FestivalThe Claudia Taylor Johnson Jazz Band I placed second overall in the 6A division at the 51st Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival — the band’s best finish ever in the event and earning a Superior Rating for its performance. Sophomore saxophone Juan San Miguel was named the Overall Outstanding High School Musician at the two-day festival. In addition, Miguel joined Will Donoghue (trumpet, grade 11), Eli Canales (trombone, grade 10), and Isaac LaVigne (drums, grade 11) in being recognized as “All Star Musicians” — superior players among all jazz groups performing during the event.

Taft Jazz Festival: Jazz Band II had five of its members make the “All Star Jazz Band” following performances on April 7 —
Noah Johnson, alto saxophone; Alejandro San Miguel, tenor saxophone; Preston Payne, tenor trombone; Eli Canales, tenor trombone; and Dylan Davidson, bass trombone.

Fredericksburg Jazz Festival:
Congratulations to our Jazz Band members on their fantastic performance on April 21 at the Fredericksburg Jazz Festival, placing first overall in the 6A division. The band took home awards for Outstanding Saxophone and Trumpet sections for the day, as well as Eli Canales (10th grade Trombone) and Juan San Miguel (10th grade Saxophone) taking home soloist awards.

CTJ Bands Earn Sweepstakes Awards

CTJ Wins WGI Southwest Power Regional

CTJ Wins WGI Southwest Regional

Winter Guard International LogoThe Claudia Taylor Johnson Winter Guard capped a fantastic 2018 season with its show, “Lady Bird,” winning the Scholastic World Class at the WGI Southwest Power Regional in Denton on March 18. As in the previous day’s preliminary competition, CTJ recorded its best score of the season, 79.250, in finals performance to win its second WGI regional championship of 2018. James Bowie finished second (78.350), followed by Marcus (74.000) and The Woodlands (72.500) in the two-day competition at The Coliseum at the University of North Texas. CTJ previously won the WGI San Antonio Regional in early February and was silver medalist at the WGI Austin Regional. “Lady Bird” pays tribute to the life of the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her love of wildflowers: “Where wildflowers bloom, there is hope.…” View the season schedule, results.


Superiors for 3 Soloists, Ensembles

Texas UILClaudia Taylor Johnson had three soloists and three ensembles — a total of 28 band members — earn Superior/1 ratings at the UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble competition held May 26 in Austin at the University of Texas Butler School of Music.  Another eight soloist and two ensembles were given Excellent/2 ratings. View the complete list
CTJ Places 6 On TMEA All-State Band

TMEA logo 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. You can read a history of CTJ all-state band members here.

CTJ Wins BOA San Antonio

CTJ's record score of 96.625

CTJ: 10 consecutive Texas UIL Region 12 Sweepstakes Awards

CTJ Wins BOA West Texas Regional

CTJ Takes First Place at the Rough Rider

CTJ Sweeps Captions, Wins BOA Austin

CTJ 2017 Show on Spotify


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