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By William Shelly
Band director

The Mighty “M” Band members represented Muleshoe ISD and the community of Muleshoe at their best at the All-Region Band concert performances this past weekend in Lubbock. I am proud of all the students that tried out for these prestigious groups. I appreciate being one of the many faculty at Muleshoe ISD, guiding progress through every student every day.
We began our journey at 6:30 a.m. Friday morning to Lubbock. The first rehearsals began promptly at 8:30 a.m. Muleshoe had three students represented in the Middle School 3A Band: Brenna Butler-1st chair French Horn, Tatiana Lawson-1st chair Bass Clarinet, Edwin Mejia-6th chair Trombone and Emma Zapata-alternate Flute and expert camera-person. The High School 3A/4A Band was well represented with these young musicians: Camila Platas-4th chair Clarinet, Brandon Ramirez-5th chair Clarinet, Arisbel Avilez-18th chair Clarinet, Mikaela Haseloff-2nd chair Tenor Saxophone, Garret Simms-alternate Tenor Saxophone, Kynton Haseloff-1st chair Baritone Saxophone, Lyly Castro-14th chair Trumpet, Ryan Clifton-9th chair Trombone, Jonathan Valencia-14th chair Trombone, Cesar Reyes-alternate Euphonium and Ariel Gardea-alternate Percussion. The 1A-4A Honor Band students were Kilonna Burdell-1st chair Oboe and Bryson Woodard-7th chair Trombone.
These young people practiced from 8:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., had a 45-minute lunch break and back to practice until 5 p.m. Afterward, we went to Cracker Barrel for a well-deserved dinner break, followed by four hours of fun at the Main Event. Saturday morning, back on the road at 6:30 a.m. and, yes, more fine-tuning for each group until 11:30 a.m., followed by a quick lunch, and back to the Civic Center for their performances.
The middle school students performed first at 2:30 p.m. under the direction of Jesse Lotspeich from Brady, Texas. Their group performed several high energy pieces, “Krakatoa,” “Woodwinds of Mass Destruction” and “High Voltage.” Every piece was performed exceptionally well.
The high school students performed at 4:15 p.m. under the direction of Mike Glaze from Sundown, Texas. Their group performed a variety of soothing selections, “A Childhood Hymn,” to exciting pieces, “Beyond the Ridge,” “Fiesta La Vida,” and “Invicta.”
The Honor Band performed last at 5 p.m. under the direction of Jason Jones from Central High School in San Angelo. They began with a beautiful arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Gene Currie. Jones brought some new and innovative pieces, “Hooverboard,” and “The Machine Awakes,” the latter using a synthesizer, which was awesome!
This is the group that works toward advancement to the All-State Band, held in February. Our region will advance 15 students to the Texas All-State Band. One young man, Nikolas Delacruz from Estacado, will be a four-year All-Stater. They ended their program with the “Stars and Stripes Forever” with four students playing the piccolo part up front and the brass section standing, while playing, at the last section. Their performance was worth two standing ovations.
All of the groups that performed on stage experienced a once-in-a-lifetime performance that they will remember for the rest of their lives. I am proud to have been a part of this year’s All-Region Band weekend and hope to take more students next year from Muleshoe to participate.



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