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Band members continue great season as 11 head to area

Congratulations Band

Eleven members of the New Braunfels High School Unicorn Band qualified for Area during the TMEA Region 12 Band Audition at New Braunfels Canyon High School on Dec. 2. The Region 12 Audition was the second round of auditions in the All State process. 
“I am excited to share that it was yet another banner night for The Unicorn Band,” said Band Director David Eckert.
Of the 30 Unicorn Band students who attended Region Band auditions, 11 earned spots in the top ensemble, and the will be advancing to the next round. Those 11 students will now have the opportunity to compete for a chance to advance to the state competition. In the last 13 years, NBHS has never had more than seven students advance to the area level.
Of the six percussion spots advancing to Region, 4 were filled by Unicorns. Unicorn percussionists took six of the top nine percussion chairs, and four will have the opportunity to compete for a chance at state.
Every year, a handful of the best Region Band members are selected to participate in the Region 12 Orchestra clinic/concert, which is held on the Friday and Saturday immediately following the audition. On Dec. 2, six Unicorns earned positions in the All Region Orchestra. However, two of those students also happened to be members of the pit orchestra for the theatre's production Little Shop of Horrors. Understanding the importance of that commitment, and the potential devastation to the production if they were absent, Gavin Remo and Seth Underwood chose to forfeit their chair and offer it to another student. This decision was made prior to them entering the audition room. Despite having earned a highly sought after position, these two individuals sacrificed individual recognition and chose to honor their commitment to their fellow Unicorns. 
“I can't begin to express my pride, respect, and appreciation for these two outstanding young men,” Eckert said. “It is truly an honor to work with such wonderful human beings.”
Region Honors (Advancing to Area Band):
Trevor Dietert - Percussion
Braden Goebel - Bass Trombone
Josiah Granado - Percussion
Daniel Guzman - Trumpet
Reagan Redanz - F Horn
Ryan Reed - Percussion
Gavin Remo - Bassoon
Melanie Thompson - Oboe
Lukas Tippens - Clarinet
Seth Underwood - Percussion
Matthew Van Wormer - Clarinet
Region Orchestra Members:
Josiah Granado - Percussion
Daniel Guzman - Trumpet
Reagan Redanz - F Horn
Ryan Reed - Percussion
*Gavin Remo - Bassoon
*Seth Underwood - Percussion
Region Band Members:
John Armstrong - Tuba
Troy Barnhardt - Euphonium
Jonah Diaz - Percussion
Wyatt Edwards - Baritone Saxophone
Cesar Frias - Alto Saxophone
Kaitlin Gaddis - Piccolo
Lilly Gallaga - Clarinet
Viviana Garcia - F Horn
Rebecca Garza - Percussion
Kaycie Halatin - Clarinet
Hannah Hunter - Tuba
Jaden Kirby - Percussion
Sora Mayer - Flute
Alpcan Meek - Clarinet
Helah Rivera - Trombone
Ridge Robinson  - Percussion
Edmundo Sanchez - Percussion
Allen Schraeder - Euphonium
Kellen Underberg - Alto Saxophone


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