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Denton ISD Band Students Win 11 of the 20 Seats in All-Region Jazz Ensemble

On Saturday, September 17, 2022, high school band students from Denton ISD performed in the TMEA Region 2 Jazz Ensemble Auditions, competing with high schools from districts in Region 2, including Argyle, Lake Dallas, Lewisville, and Northwest ISD. We are extremely proud to announce that 11 of the 20 positions in the All-Region Jazz Ensemble were won by Denton ISD students, including 6 first chairs. Congratulations to the outstanding jazz band students listed below and to their awesome directors and private lesson teachers. You represented Denton ISD in a most excellent way.


These students have earned the opportunity to perform with the All-Region Jazz Ensemble in the annual Clinic/Concert to be held November 18-19 at the Denton High School Fine Arts Center. They also have the opportunity to perform in the TMEA Area level auditions in October, where they will compete for a seat in the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble. Best wishes to everyone in their next audition!


Denton ISD All-Region Jazz Ensemble Members:


Braswell HS, Aaron Snipes III, Director of Bands and Jazz Ensemble Director

Caleb Carrillo, 2nd chair tenor saxophone

Arianna Shepherd, 1st chair trumpet

Palmer Biggers, 2nd chair trumpet

Nathan Contreras, 3rd chair trumpet

Harrison Biggers, 1st chair trombone

David Withaeger, 1st chair bass trombone


Denton HS, Jesse Woolery, Associate Director of Bands and Jazz Ensemble Director

Milo Kaplan, 1st chair alto saxophone

Leo Illari, 2nd chair trombone

Daniel Wen, piano

Evan Chuah, bass guitar


Ryan HS, Jarrod Beard, Associate Director of Bands and Jazz Ensemble Director

Dantrell Sanders, 3rd chair trombone


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