Eagle Band awarded; students attend many events in April

The Pleasanton Eagle Band program has had an exciting month of April.

The Jazz Band went to the Bandera Jazz Festival and came back with a one rating and first place in their division. This is the second contest the band has gone to and received first place in their division, the first being the Palo Alto Jazz Festival. Chase Troell was chosen as outstanding soloist in the Eagle Jazz Band.

The Jazz Band also went to Austin to help celebrate Atascosa Day at the Texas State Capitol. The group performed a variety of pieces and entertained passers by on the south side of the Capitol. The group also toured the Capitol and was recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives and the Senate along with the other performing groups from Atascosa County.

The Eagle Band participated in the Fiesta Flambeau parade in San Antonio. The band, led by Drum Major Selena Morley, Assistant Drum Majors Samantha Gonzales and Daniel Minniear, received first place in the out-of-town division. This is the second time the band has earned this honor.

Pleasanton High School students were honored as Texas Music Scholars on May 8, at the annual high school concert.

Six students were selected to receive the honor. They were: Julia Avery, 11th grade, alto saxophone; Julie Chachere, 11th grade, French horn; Victoria Huron, 10th grade, tenor saxophone; Haley Johnson, 11th grade, French horn; Evelyn Martinez, 11th grade, bass guitar; and Elaine Unger, 12th grade, tuba.

They were nominated for this by their director, Ralph Unger, and the award is given by the Texas Music Educators Association, which sponsors the Texas All-State Bands, Orchestras and Choirs. Last year fewer than 2,300 students were named as Texas Music Scholars.

This award is given to students who have exhibited outstanding qualities in scholastic merit, musicianship and citizenship in their school and community during the 2016-2017 school year.

The Texas Music Educators Association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is an association of over 12,000 music teachers whose goals are to support music education in Texas, provide professional growth opportunities for educators, foster public support for music in schools and offer quality musical experiences for students.