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District high schools qualify 45 students for UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition

Denton, Guyer and Ryan high schools recently combined to send 45 Denton Independent School District musicians to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition.

The three high schools combined to submit 69 entries that earned first-division honors at the Region 2 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest. Of those entries, Denton ISD will be sending 19 entries in the solo portion of the competition and eight in the ensemble portion of the state competition in May at the University of Texas at Austin.

To advance to TSSEC, students must earn a Division I (Superior) Rating on a memorized Class I Solo, the most difficult category.

The district’s solo entries include:
  • Denton High: AnnAnn Puttihanasorn, flute; Gage Lynn-Hart, alto saxophone; Josue Cazco-Mantilla, tenor saxophone; Samson Hudson, trumpet; Casey Stratton, acoustic guitar; Jace Hassell, keyboard; Michael Steward, keyboard and snare drum; Avery Delost, keyboard; Amaya Herrington-Alexander, keyboard; Sion Lee, keyboard; Emily Lin, keyboard; Connor McClintock, keyboard; Jailine Puga, keyboard; David Steward, keyboard; Xochitl Vasquez, keyboard;
  • Guyer High: Nicole Mendyka, flute; and Iida-Maria Raina, clarinet; 
  • Ryan High: Luke Owens, trumpet; and Arielle Smith, trumpet.
The district’s ensemble entries include:
  • Denton High: Kallie Keen, Michaela Mueller, Carrie Shi – flute trio; Rachel Ross, Kayla Spurgin, Elizabeth Thorp – flute trio; Christian hammonds, Erin Moore, Kaitlynne Peters, Nikki Weeter – woodwind quartet; Samuel Hudson, Andres Noriega, Michael Wilkinson – trumpet trio; Leah Beltrone, Autumn Brown, Danielle Crenshaw, Christian Hammonds, Hannah Lim, Doug Newcomer, Briana Young – clarinet choir;
  • Guyer High: Iida-Maria Raina, Elizabeth Rivera, Elise Holder, Erica Wilson – clarinet quartet; Kyle Gelsthorpe, Luis sanchez, Stephen Franklin, Cade Gustafson, Helaman Anderson – percussion ensemble. 

The high school band directors are Brian Wilson and assistants Jesse Woolery and Robert Brannock at Denton High; Amy Woody and assistants Ellis Hampton and Tyler Brinkman at Guyer High; and Eddy Russell and assistants Lee Smith and Mary Brown at Ryan High.

For more information on the bands contact David McCullar, director of fine arts, at (940) 369-0076 or email at