Director's Newsletter - Thanksgiving Week, November 24

November 24, 2019

Director’s Newsletter - Thanksgiving 2019 - November 24, 2019

Good afternoon!

Before getting into the newsletter, I'd like to take time to wish everyone a very safe and memorable Thanksgiving. I hope we all make time to take a moment this week to slow down and remember all of the good we each have to be thankful for. 

Here is what you will find in this week's newsletter:




Wednesday and Thursday were the Region 29 All District auditions. This year the Bronco Band had 60 students earn All District honors, surpassing last year's number of 54. The 60 students who have advanced to the Region Round will audition for All Region and All Area on Saturday, December 7th at Stevens HS. Once again, this is the most of all schools in Region 29. This is only happening due to the consistent work of those students. We are very proud of this first step you have taken in the All State process.

Congratulations to the following students for advancing:

Elise Aigner-Varoz
Anastasia Andrade

Helen Herrea
Jordan Dickens
Greg Woodard
Lauren Hulme
Qin Lin
Sarah Thompson
Natalie Llanes

Alex Hernandez
Cassidy Birmingham
Tommy Makusky
Madeline Mencio
Abigael Anders

Eb Clarinet:
Lizzie Crittenden

Bb Clarinet:
Julian Johnson
Isaac Corona
Annie Villarreal
Nicolas Hernandez
Luke Filyk
Jacqueline Mata

Bass Clarinet:
Maggie Reyes
Sophie Gomez

Contra-Bass Clarinet:
Asia Dunlop

Josh Eddy
Isabella Ortiz

Alto Saxophone:
Robert Paleo
Gabriel Gonzalez
Alli Saenz

Bari Saxophone:
Michael Kresssbach

Leo Filyk
Logan Francesco
Zach Sierra
Jonathan Bjerken
Andrew Schofield
Jeriah Rodriguez
Mikal Hogan

French Horn:
Haley Ginn
Emma Aune
Sam Blanton
Ryan Townsend
Eric Hernandez

Tenor Trombone:
Noah Houchin
Ian Hoggard
Jonathan Flores
Brayton Moschenross
Noah Aune
Jonathan Kressbach

Caelan Matthews
Connor Havens
Caleb Alexander
Matthew Schofield

Stefen Oddo
Robert Dominguez
Edward Martinez

Connor Castillo
Alec Jimenez
Brett Lasater
Fernando Pena
Jad Tohmaz

On Friday, December 6th, the Freshman Region audition will take place also at Stevens HS. This is a freshman only audition. Any freshman who advanced to the All Region round last week will also audition in the Freshman Region audition. We expect check in for Friday to be 5:00 pm and Saturday to be 8 am. I will have more details on these contests in next week's newsletter


In order to help students prepare for the All Region/All Area/Freshman Region Audition, as well as any student who wishes to practice, we will be having open band hall tomorrow and Tuesday from 9 am - 1 pm. Students are encouraged to sign up for 15 minute help sessions available HERE. I ask that students sign up for 1 time slot per day. Should a time slot be available the day of their appointment, they are more than welcome to utilize additional slots. Extra slots are on a first come first serve basis.


Congratulations to the Bronco Football team on their victory over Clemens on Friday. The team has advanced to Round 3 which will take place in Laredo, TX.

Game details are as follows:
Brandeis vs. Edinburg Vela (We are Home)
Site: Bill Johnson Student Activity Center
5208 Santa Claudia Lane
Laredo, TX 78043

Pre sale ticket sales are tomorrow (Monday) & Tuesday, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm at the Brandeis HS front desk.
Pre sale ticket prices - Students: $4, Adults: $9
At the gate ticket prices: $10

Band, Guard and Field Dance students will need to report to the band hall at 7 am on Friday. They should arrive in their alternate uniforms, band/dance shoes and tall solid black socks. Please make sure that students bring all items necessary for the game (I.e. instruments, guard/field dance uniforms, etc) and that students eat breakfast prior to arriving at BHS. Students will be given 2 meals on this trip.

Below is the itinerary the band will be following on Friday:

Report Time/Run Through: 7 am
Load Busses: 8 am
Depart BHS: 8:30 am
Arrive at game site: 11:30 am
Lunch: 11:30 am
Change into uniform: 12:30 pm
Warm Up: 1 pm
Game Time: 2 pm
Est. game end/change out of uniform: 5 pm
Load busses with meal: 5:30 pm
Arrive at BHS: 8:30 pm 


Disney tickets & hotel confirmations have come in. They will be organized and ready to distribute in the next day or two. You will need both your ticket and hotel confirmation number to beg