San Marcos Academy’s Higher College Band earned the TAPPS 4A State Championship Runner-Up Trophy for his or her superior performances in a collection of digital contests in April.
Band members hauled in a complete of 44 gold medals for his or her solo and ensemble performances, which have been submitted to TAPPS on video for adjudication. The live performance band, below the path of Randy Leifeste, then earned a 1st Division “superior” ranking for his or her efficiency, additionally submitted on video. The purpose whole from all the outcomes landed SMA in second place amongst all of the taking part 4A colleges.
For Academy musicians, 2020-21 was a yr of adaptation because of the pandemic. Throughout rehearsals, band members have been unfold out throughout each inch of their follow room to realize most distancing and bell covers have been utilized to all wind and brass devices to stop the unfold of germs. Even the annual Christmas live performance, a spotlight of the yr in regular occasions, was digital slightly than dwell.
For his or her closing contest efficiency April 29, the band invited dad and mom and college for a socially-distanced “dwell” live performance that was video recorded by Marcus McDonald of Snap 512 Picture+Video. This system, which included “Blalock Canyon March,” “Tanchozuru” and “Byzantine Dances,” was then despatched to TAPPS for adjudication, leading to superior scores from all of the judges.
Earlier in April, the band ready recordings of 28 solo and ensemble performances for the TAPPS competitors. All contributors earned at the least one state gold medal, whereas 12 earned two gold medals and two college students, Catarina Vazquez and Josh Okikiolu, earned a trio of gold medals.
Solo medalists included the next: Bonnie Dai, Flute; Catarina Vazquez and Gabby Barrientos, Alto Sax; Arden Moczygemba, Tenor Sax; Liam Burke, Baritone Sax; Austin Payne, Braydon Hurst and Joe Johnson, Trumpet; Andrew Longoria and Religion Guenther, French Horn; Grace Guenther and Josh Okikiolu, Euphonium; Pedro Bribiesca, Marimba; and Conner Irwin, Marcus Xu and Gage Gotovac on Snare Drum.
Seven ensembles earned gold together with the Woodwind & Percussion Septet with Bonnie Dai, Mia Clay, Logan Lucas, Kayla Livingston, Elli Hao, Catarina Vazquez and Conner Irwin.
The Saxophone Quartet with Catarina Vazquez, Gabby Barrientos, Arden Moczygemba and Liam Burke additionally earned gold in addition to the Brass Quintet with Austin Payne, Braydon Hurst, Andrew Longoria, Frankie Blair and Josh Okikiolu.
Moreover, the Trombone/Euphonium Trio that includes Frankie Blair, Ili Sommerlatte and Josh Okikiolu and the trombone trio with Kendall Opiela, Mason Powell and Ili Sommerlatte earned gold, together with the Euphonium Trio that includes TJ Murphy, Grace Guenther and Ella Burton and the Marimba Trio with Sarah Britton, Selah Portis and Pedro Bribiesca.
Accompanists for the band have been Kayla Livingston and Mrs. Jody Bagley-Leifeste.
The Bear Band received the state championship in 2019. The competition was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.