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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press January 6, 2010 COURTESY PHOTO Sixteen members of the Lehman High School Band received recent rec- ognition, two making District Band and fourteen making Region Band, with three of those placing high enough to advance to this weekend's Area auditions and a chance to make the All State Band. The Lobos in- cluded (back, left to right) Earl Gray, Michael Steeple, Edwin Guadarra- ma, James Vera, Matt Elkins; (center, left to right) Tracy Ruiz, Cecilia Ortiz (Area), Jose Rodriguez, Elisa Rose, Cecilia Zea (Area), Stephanie Vega; (front, left to right) Jared Rodriguez, Alexander Baker, Aaron Hawthorne, Garret Mayfield and Blake Vajgert (Area). PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN The Hays High School Band qualified nineteen of it members to the All Region Band, two of those high enough to qualify for the Area audition for State Band. Thirteen more Rebel Band members received District Band recognition. The Region/Area contingent included (back, left to right) Tanner Murphy, Colby Padgett, Roderick Hunt, Will Poeppelmeyer, Andrew Bishop, J.T. McComb, Ely Allen, Adrian De Leon (Area); (front, left to right) Erin Korzeniewski, Heidi Casas, Lizzy Macias, Ashley Loosier, Marlene Torres, Kaitlyn Williamson, John Wallgren, Josh Delgado (Area). Not pictured: Amber Hamblin, Ursula Clarence, Michael Ebbinghaus. High school bands roll to region BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.com It's another school year, but the results are much the same as in past years for Lehman and Hays high school band students climbing the district, region, and area stairs for a shot at a state band audition. The an- nual competition reached the next to last step just prior to the holidays, with both high schools advancing members to area chairs. The highest advancing students include Lehman's Cecilia Ortiz, Ce- cilia Zea and Blake Vajgert and Hays Highs Josh Delgado and Adrian De- Leon. By virtue of their area qualifi- cation, all have earned the right to audition for the state band this Sat- urday in San Antonio. The local five, as in past years, represent just the tip of a very large iceberg of achievement. At Hays, Delgado and DeLeon were two of the Rebs' nineteen members making the Region 18 All-Region Band cut and at Lehman, Ortiz, Zea and Vajgert were three of the Lobos' sixteen making Region. According to Lehman band director loey Lucita, more than 1500 Central Texas students auditioned for the 4A and 5A Region Bands. Lucita, the Texas Music Educators Association Region 18 Band Divi- sion Chair, will host the All Region Concert at the Hays CISD Perform- ing Arts Center Saturday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., in a free public performance. It will feature the best 4A band students from districts including Hays, Austin, Dripping Springs, Lockhart, San Mar- cos and Pflugerville. "The concert is a wonderful rap- resentation of why the music educa- tion programs in Texas are some of the best in the nation," Lucita said of the upcoming gathering. ' Additional members making the District Band but not included in the above photo are Hays students Chris- tina Heinrich, Denise Garcia, Sarah Wilson, Jennifer Putman, Kayla Fink, Sarah Moody, Pedro Balderas, Steven Claggett, Cornelia Gonzales, Bridget Garraway, Sara Cervantes, Jacob Tay- lor and Brandon Baker; and Lehman High students are Aaron Hawthorne and Matt Elkins. School Briefs Continued from pg, 3B Free concert The Texas Music Educators Association Re- gion 18 All Region 4A Band will perform at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center Saturda ]an. 16, 7 p.m., in a free public concert. Lehman High School Band Director Joey Lucita will be the official host and will direct the honor band, featuring the top student musicians from Hays, Austin, Dripping Springs, Lockhart, San Marcos and Pflugerville ISDs. Barbecue fundraiser Lehman High School's cheerleading compe- tition squad hosts a Saturdafi ]an. 16, barbecue plate fundraiser at the new Dollar General parking lot (between Target and Kohrs) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Plates are $7. The funds raised will help cover the expense of the squad's February trip to Orlando, Florida, and the National High School Cheerleading Championships. For tickets or to donate items, contact Coach Stacy Delgado at delgados@hayscisd.net, FAFSA help needed Volunteers are critically needed to help lo- cal high school seniors fill out their all-im- portant Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, an early step in preparing for college. A single two-hour training ses- sion is offered Friday, January 15, 11 a.m., at Lehman High School. Lunch will be pro- vided. To volunteer or for more information contact Cindy Contreras at 512-322-5644 or write ccontreras@austinchamber.com. 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