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December 14, 2015
Twenty-two Granbury High School band members were selected for the All-Region Band during recent tryouts. A record nine are advancing to the area auditions for a chance to make the All-State Band.
The tryouts for TMEA Region 7 featured hundreds of students from schools in Fort Worth and areas west to Brownwood and Brady.
 Aaron Morgan
Leading the contingent was senior Aaron Morgan (pictured at right), who earned first-chair honors among tuba players. Other GHS and Crossland Ninth Grade Center students qualifying for the high school region band were:  
  • Symphonic Band - Reece Ahler, trombone; Lauren Boleng, flute; Melanie Boleng, clarinet; Ian Cone, French horn; Reagan Hall, percussion; Kalvin Hughes, tenor saxophone; Brennan Ross, French horn
  • Concert Band – Fernando Barragan, euphonium; Mikayla Hamilton, clarinet; Alex Inbody, clarinet; Mallory Irish, flute; Emma McKelvain, alto saxophone; Henry Shannon, trumpet; Rayni Skaggs, clarinet; Lily Thornton, French horn
Three students – Lauren Boleng, Hall, and Morgan – also qualified for the All-Region Orchestra composed of top students in the Symphonic Band.
Ahler, Lauren Boleng, Melaine Boleng, Cone, Hall, Hughes, Irish, Morgan, and Ross are advancing to the Area B tryouts scheduled for January 9, 2016, at Midland High School.
Others who advanced to the Phase 2 part of the auditions were: Katlyn Backus, French horn; Nic Braby, trombone; Gavin Clarkson, trombone; Addison Jackson, percussion.
Nine freshmen from Crossland made the region’s ninth grade band: Max Beckley, bass trombone (first chair); Meghan Childers, percussion; Ian Cone, French horn (first chair); Mikayla Hamilton, clarinet; Hunter Harrison, trumpet; Hannah Myers, oboe; Savannah Oliver, alto saxophone; Angelina Pena, percussion. Two freshmen – Cone and Hamilton – made both the high school and ninth grade ensembles.
Auditions were held on December 3 at Burleson Centennial High School for ninth graders; December 7 at Aledo High School for the first phase for high school; and December 12 at Fort Worth Paschal High School for the second high school phase.
The All-Region Band clinic and concert will be held January 29-30 at Centennial High School. The orchestra will hold its events on January 15-16 at Fort Worth Paschal High School.

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