On March 28th, the Vela Concert Band B performed at the BISD Band Evaluation Festival and was awarded Superior and Excellent ratings by the panel of 3 judges. Your band directors are very proud of you! Congratulations to Mr. Cantu and Concert Band B for another great competitive season!
On March 28th, Concert Band A participated in the Pre-UIL Band Festival at the Harlingen CISD Performing Arts Center. The panel of 4 judges awarded the band with Straight Division 1 ratings for their Stage Performance and their Sightreading evaluation. The following week on the 4th of April, the band competed at the 2019 UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest and again earned Straight Division 1 ratings, this time by a panel of 6 distinguished judges. Mr. Garza, Mr. Sarmiento and Mr. Cantu are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of these students. Way to carry on the Vela Band Tradition of Excellence!
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On Thursday, December 6th, BISD Fine Arts Supervisor Kathleen Jimenez and Choral Supervisor Melody Eriksen visited the Vela Band Hall to congratulate the Record-Breaking "41" All-Region Band Members. They treated the band to some delicious cupcakes!
At Saturday’s TMEA Region 28 Middle School All-Region Band tryout held at Rivera HS, Vela band students earned 41 chairs in the All-Region Band. That breaks the previous record of 40, which also belonged to Vela. We also had 4 students win the coveted 1st Chair in their section. The directors would like to congratulate every student that participated in the audition process. We are extremely proud of your hard work and dedication. You have set a new standard of excellence for our band program.
2018-2019 All-Region Band Members:
Isabella Guevara (7th grader) - 1st Oboe
Yazzlin Picazo - 1st Alto Saxophone
Joshua Escobedo (7th grader) - 1st Trombone
Aaron Silva - 1st Percussion
Flute: Yahaira Cruz, Betsy Martinez, Maritza Maldonado
Oboe: Alondra Lopez, Janelle Ramirez
Bassoon: Giselle Saldana
Clarinet: Noe Reyes, Christian Ortega, Christi Montiel
Tenor Saxophone: Ricardo Ramos
Baritone Saxophone: Daniel Fiscal
Trumpet: Luiz Polendo, Bianca Guerra, Edwin Figueroa, Julianna Gamboa
Horn: Angelo Modesto, Ricardo Velasquez, Reyli Vazquez
Trombone: Moises Rodriguez, Fernando Sanchez, Hector Rodriguez, Juan Rivera
Euphonium: Gilberto Salazar, Edgar Hernandez, Sebastian Garza
Tuba: Karlo Cobarrubias, Christopher Rivera, Thomas Hamilton, Jose De La Rosa
Percussion: Michael Brown, Rene Garcia, Erik Lucio, Alex Amador, Lizbeth Berrones, Cristian Banuelos, Aldo Martinez, Yvannia Mata