The Interscholastic University League held its annual state solo and ensemble competition in Austin over Memorial Day weekend. This event includes lectures 1A through 6A, encompasses the band, twirling, chorus, orchestra, and music theory divisions, and spans two and a half days across six campuses at Austin ISD and the University of Texas.
“The standards are very high at this competition,” said manager Nicholas Durham. “We estimate that a first division at the regional level of solo and ensemble competition is equal to a third division at the state level. So, for students to be successful in the state, they must improve and refine their music to a level that leaves little room for error. Gold medals are awarded for events making a first split, as well as silver medals for solos making the second split.
Carthage High School sent 14 students to compete in Austin. Addison Brady, twirling solo; Harlee Taylor, twirling solo; Kaleb Hathaway, principal trumpet; a brass sextet with Catelyn Franklin, trumpet, Saydee Garcia, trumpet, Drew Pitts, French horn, Jose Santana, trombone, Christian Miller, baritone and Davion Wallace, tuba; and another brass sextet with Kaleb Hathaway, trumpet, Nathan Griffin, trumpet, Draydin Bornkessel, French horn, AJ Harkrider, trombone, Matthew Whitlow, baritone, and Elayne Grogan, tuba.
Kaleb Hathaway won silver for his trumpet solo, and the brass sextet with Hathaway, Griffin, Bornkessel, Harkrider, Whitlow and Grogan won gold.
“We are very proud of all those students who qualified for the state and then went on to work (at the end of the school year, when everything else ends) for a higher level of musicality,” said said Durham.