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CTJ Rocks Band Festival, Flambeau

Claudia Taylor Johnson’s performance of “Welcome to the Jungle” rocked the stadium at the 79th Battle of the Flowers Band Festival, winning first place in the 6A division at Alamo Stadium. More than 30 Texas bands participated in the event. CTJ also placed first in its last Band Festival, in 2015. Other NEISD schools also performed well, with Reagan named 6A runner-up and MacArthur taking the event’s Spirit Trophy. CTJ finished up Fiesta Week on April 29 by participating in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade in downtown San Antonio (video above). Below, video from the Battle of the Flowers Band Festival Finale at Alamo Stadium.

For 7 Years In A Row, Sweepstakes

All Around For The CTJ Bands

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Concert Band each were awarded Sweepstakes during competition at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest at James Madison High School — the seventh consecutive year that all three CTJ performance ensembles have won Sweepstakes and awards of Superior Rating given by each of the judges. Johnson was one of just four bands in Region 12 to have each of its three bands win Sweepstakes.

One of the UIL adjudicators, Dr. Keith Dye — the
Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Curricular Issues for the College of Visual & Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music Education in the School of Music at Texas Tech University — wrote a great compliment to the CTJ program, “Your program and directors are well known for excellence — especially in regards to being humble, hard workers and letting your work speak for you. This was loud and clear today.”

In UIL AAAAAA Varsity competition on April 12, the CTJ Wind Ensemble performed the march “Honey Boys On Parade,” by Edward Cuppero; “La Fiesta Mexicana,” by H. Owen Reed; and “Blue Shades,” by Frank Ticheli for its eighth consecutive Sweepstakes award. The CTJ Symphony Band performed the “B.B. & C.F. March,” by J.O. Hume; “Shadow Rituals,” by Michael Markowski; and “Variations on a Korean Folk Song,” by John Barnes Chance on April 11 in UIL AAAAAA Non-Varsity competition to win its eighth consecutive Sweepstakes honor. And the CTJ Concert Band performed “Alamo March,” by Karl L. King; “Foundry,” by John Mackey; and “Ghost Fleet,” by Robert Sheldon in the UIL AAAAAA Sub Non-Varsity competition on April 10 for its seventh consecutive Sweepstakes.
See how CTJ bands have performed at UIL competition through the years

CTJ Winterguard performance of Dream show
Photo by Dan Tschoepe

CTJ Winterguard Wins Bronze Medal

Congratulations to the Claudia Taylor Johnson Winterguard on a fantastic season-ending performance with their show, “The Dream,” at the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championships on April 1 in College Station, where the squad won the Bronze Medal in the Scholastic World Division. James Bowie and The Woodlands finished first and second, respectively. We are very proud of the guard members for their hard work and dedication throughout the season, and congratulate them on finishing strong.
CTJ Winterguard competitions through the years

CTJ Fundraiser for Documentary "Marching Beyond Halftime"

Superior Ratings for CTJ Jazz Bands

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Jazz Band I and Jazz Band II each received Superior ratings during weekend competition at the 49th Annual Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival. CTJ’s Jazz Band II placed second in the non-varsity division, and in individual honors, Johnson senior trumpter Clifton Sitterle and freshman trombonist Eli Canales received outstanding soloist awards and named to the competition’s All-Star Jazz Band. CTJ has participated in the Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival — which draws more than 30 top jazz ensembles across South Texas — since the school’s opening 2008.

CTJ Gets 34 In UIL State Competition

Claudia Taylor Johnson had 10 soloists and six ensembles — a total of 34 band members — advance to the state level of competition after earning Superior/1 ratings at the UIL District Solo & Ensemble competition held February 25 at James Madison High School. In all, a total of 68 CTJ band members were honored with Superior/1 ratings for either solos or as part of an ensemble. An additional 27 Johnson band members earned Superior/1 ratings on Class 1 solos, and another six earned Superior/1 ratings on Class 2/Intermediate solos.The UIL State Solo & Ensemble competition will be held May 27-29 at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music.

7 At CTJ Make Texas All-State Band

Claudia Taylor Johnson capped a fantastic weekend with seven members earning positions in the TMEA All-State Band, including three-time honoree Aaron Wallick and Lauren Siegel and John Nickels making the state’s top band for the second time each. Johnson seniors Audrey Payne (flute) and Bryce Freund (trumpet), sophomore Patrick Sanford (french horn), and freshman Eli Canales (tenor trombone) made All-State Band for the first time. A total of 19 CTJ band members qualified for All-Area, sending them to the early January All-State auditions at the University of Texas in Austin.
Since the school’s opening in 2008, Claudia Taylor Johnson has had 27 members make the TMEA All-State Band, gathering a total of 43 seats over that period. From NEISD, Johnson had the most All-State qualifiers, followed by Reagan (6), Churchill (4), and MacArthur and Madison (1 each). Earlier this fall, CTJ had 58 students earn positions in the All-District Band — including 36 who placed at the top of their rooms and advanced to region-level competition. CTJ’s seven all-staters performed on February 11 at the TMEA Convention at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center’s Lila Cockrell Theater.
READ: CTJ and Texas All-State Band

CTJ's Wallick, Lipman Shine In BOA Honor Band

Claudia Taylor Johnson All Access by FloMarching.com

The CTJ Marching Band, Color Guard, and Dance Team is the subject of FloMarching’s full-length feature film, “All Access: Claudia Taylor Johnson,” which premiered the two-episode mini-documentary on Dec. 21, 2016. The film from FloMarching, live stream and event coverage provider for marching band competitions, follows CTJ as it prepared for competition at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional in late October and early November. Accompanying the documentary, which goes behind the scenes to give the viewer an inside look at CTJ's intense preparation during the 2016 marching season, are multiple articles about the band program on FloMarching.com. Links to those articles can be found below, and you can still catch Episodes One and Two on FloMarching under “Flo Films.”

The Story of CTJ at Grand Nats

“We talk a lot to the kids, in their performances, about not just performing to be noticed but performing to be remembered. And that's a lot about what we try to do with Claudia Taylor is just to create things that people will really enjoy watching and listening to ... and that they're going to remember and they're going to talk about.” Jarrett Lipman, Director of Bands

Feature produced by Music For All and Bands of America on CTJ's 2016 Grand National Finals appearance.
VIEW: 2016 Marching Season Show ‘Flashdance,’ Season Results
READ: CTJ 9th At BOA Grand Nationals; 4th BOA Finals Appearance of ’16
READ: Praise for ‘Flashdance,’ CT Johnson on Twitter

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Robinson Earns Superintendent’s Award GO
CTJ’s Farnsworth Honored As Eagle Scout GO