The Magnolia High School (MHS) band has set a new record, sending ten students to the regional band competition this year; the largest number of students ever sent by MHS.
Carol Pettijohn, Brooke Kopecky, Lauren Batchelor, Izzy Petty, Kristalyn Girgenti, Travis Johnson, Cameron Zawadzki, Emily Durocher, Dawn McKamie and Kyle Roller were the ten students who auditioned and made Region Band at the Huntsville competition, earlier this month.
Region Band is the state of Texas' first step toward making it to the Texas All-State Band. While anyone in band has the opportunity to audition for Region Band, only the very best make it.
"The music they have them play is so much tougher than anything I'd have them play." says John Winebrenner, director of MHS band.
There are a total of eight schools in the region, each sending many students. With only 75 musicians actually making it, MHS leaders said this accomplishment is something to be proud of.
It was a long few months for the students preparing to audition for Region Band.
"I was hoping to make it," Durocher said, "but you never know."
When asked if she expected to make it, Brooke Kopecky replied, "No, because Region Band is hard to make."
This year's accomplishments were lead to by the band's hard work and dedication to their music.
"It's an honor. I'm proud that I could be one of the two freshmen who made it," said McKamie.
Not only do the students practice for hours daily, but some even take private lessons. Izzy Petty, a fourth year member of the band explains, "I practiced until I could basically have the music memorized."
"This is one of the times you can shine as an individual," Winebrenner said. "The kids are also exposed to colleges and other band directors."
Winebrenner explained how this year is unique, in that the majority of his students have a motivating drive to be successful. Giving all the support he can, Winebrenner said he strives to help his musicians to grow in their music and encourages them to be confident throughout the audition process.
"I think the band is definitely moving in the right direction this year."