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Director's Newsletter #13-18, November 18,

Director’s Newsletter #13-18, November 18, 2018

Good afternoon everyone!

We have some great things to celebrate from this past week starting with our TMEA All-District Auditions. FIFTY-FOUR members of the Bronco Band earned All-District honors and have advanced to the All-Region round that happens on Saturday, December 1st at Stevens HS. Below you will find all students who advanced listed by instrument, with their names followed by the chair earned. We are very proud of these students and their commitment to excellence.

Piccolo Lisa Luo, 2

Flute Helen Herrera, 1 Elise Aigner-Varoz, 3 Kayla Goodman, 11 Qin Lin, 16 Marisa Hinojosa, 22 Maddie Wood, 26 Natalie Llanas, 27 Greg Woodard, 30

Oboe Stephen Toedt, 1 Cassidy Birmingham, 2 Tommy Makusky, 6 Alex Hernandez, 7 Brendon Brown, 8

Clarinet Julian Johnson, 7 Jamie Dart, 14 Calli Recore, 19 Isaac Corona, 30 Annie Villarreal, 32

Bassoon Jaselle Reginaldo, 7

Alto Saxophone Alli Saenz, 7 Baritone Saxophone Cade Kouba, 2 Michael Kressbach, 4

Trumpet Ian Aigner-Varoz, 2 Logan Francesco, 4 Andrew Schofield, 5 Jonathan Bjerken, 10 Grant Owens, 13 Leo Filyk, 15 Kyle Owens, 27 Chris Williams, 34 Zachary Sierra, 35

Horn Oscar Rivera, 3 Ben Walls, 4 Hailey Ginn, 8 Sam Blanton, 10 Ana De La Cruz, 20

Trombone Heather Estrada, 15 Nathan Mendoza, 18 Jonathan Kressbach, 19 Noah Houchin, 20. Baritone Caelan Matthews, 3 Matthew Schofield, 7 Diego Mullin, 8 Jared Barry, 9 Todd Gilhooly, 10 Tuba Elias Leal, 4 Gunnar Whatley, 5 Stefen Oddo, 6 Robert Dominguez, 13 Percussion Connor Castillo, 1 Benjamin Kressbach, 6 Brett Lasater, 8 Andrew Flores, 12

Furthermore, a huge thank you and congratulations is in order to the master class teachers who come out to Brandeis, once a week, to work with all of our students. Master classes were put in place years ago, and have been thoroughly supported by our booster program. It is a gift to have such a supportive booster program who only want the best for our kids and will do everything they can to make great things happen.  

Congratulations to Coach Branscom and the Bronco Football team who won their first playoff game against Churchill. The next round matchup is against Steele, and the game will be on Friday, November 23rd at the Alamodome. Kick off is set for 8 pm. We are the visiting team for this matchup. Below are details regarding tickets and Alamodome policies.

Brandeis tickets will be sold Monday & Tuesday from 9 am - 1 pm in the front office. Pre-sale GA tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets at the gate are $10. ALL SEATS FOR BRANDEIS ARE GA, meaning if you wish to sit next to the band, be sure to get to the dome early. There is a game prior to the Brandeis game so be prepared for a crowd. Unless a change has occurred, the band will be set up as if we were on the visiting side of Farris stadium. Parking is $15 and there is a strict bag policy to enter the dome. You can find information on that policy HERE.

Lastly, as we have hit our first extended break this school year, I’d like to wish all of you and your families a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. Taking the time to give thanks for all of our blessings, friends, family and loved ones is very special, and I hope you enjoy your time together to do just that.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Have a great Thanksgiving and GO BRONCOS!

SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK 11/19/18 - Monday - Off 11/20/18 - Tuesday - Off 11/21/18 - Wednesday - Off 11/22/18 - Thursday - THANKSGIVING, Off 11/23/18 - Friday - Football Game, Brandeis @ Steele, Alamodome, 8 pm. Students Report to the Band Hall @ 5pm. 

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