The Nolan Ryan Junior High Wind Ensemble recently placed first in Region 17, which includes all of Brazoria County and Galveston County, as well as parts of Harris County.
Every other year, the top musical bands in the state of Texas submit concert recordings for consideration in the Texas Music Educators Association State Honor Band Contest. Bands submit three recorded songs of performances during the spring semester, which are typically UIL contest music recordings. The State Honor Band Contest begins in June, with the Region level of the contest, and top contestants then compete at the area level prior to being selected for state.
“It is a huge accomplishment just to be competitive with the outstanding bands in our region, and placing first out of so many amazing bands is an absolute honor. It takes an incredible amount of time, hard work, and dedication for the students to perform at such a high level, and I couldn’t be prouder of them,” said Josh Mooney, Nolan Ryan Junior High Band Director.
Nolan Ryan principal, Christina Lovette shared, “The success of our award-winning band program can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of our band director, Josh Mooney, as well as the commitment of our students and parents. Traditions of excellence have been established since the opening of our campus in 2008, and our students continue to exemplify that expectation each year. I am extremely proud of their accomplishments and success.”
The next step for the Nolan Ryan Junior High Wind Ensemble is the Area level of the Honor Band Contest on June 28, when they will have the opportunity to compete against winners from other regions of the state. The top bands will then compete at the Texas Music Educators Association State Honor Band Finals.