Beginning today, Wednesday, Jan. 13, Justin Caldwell, a senior at Henrietta High School, will join 240 students from across the state in All-State Band rehearsals held in San Antonio.
Caldwell was one of more than 9,000 high school band students to audition in 20 different regions for a place in All-Region Band. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of five area competitions. Only 240 of the 1,360 students participating in area advanced to state.
The Association of Texas Small School Bands will present an All-State Band concert at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Lila Cockrell Theater of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio.
Caldwell, a percussionist, is a private student of Eric McNiel, and a member of the Henrietta High School band led by Director Kenneth Gilbreath. Caldwell also is involved in UIL spelling, chess club and the Boy Scouts of America. He is the son of Kristi Caldwell of Henrietta.
During regional competition, Caldwell became the first recipient of the L.E. Gray Region 2 Memorial Scholarship.
Dr. Peter Boonshaft, director of bands at Hofsta University in Hempstead, N.Y., will be the clinician and conductor of the all-state symphonic band. Larry Gookin, director of bands at Central Washington University, will be clinician and conductor of the all-state concert band, which will premiere an original festival march by William Owens, and commissioned by the ATSSB. Dr. Ronald McCurdy, professor of jazz studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, will be clinician and conductor of the all-state jazz ensemble, which will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday in Ballroom B of the convention center.