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 this past weekend’s auditions at the University of Texas in Austin. CTJ may add an eighth member depending on the outcome of a taped audition.
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).

CTJ All-State Band Members will rehearse and perform with top band members from all over the state at the TMEA Convention to be held February 9-11 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 At 128th Rose Parade


Senior euphonium and CTJ drum major Aaron Wallick participated in the 128th Rose Parade on January 2 in Pasadena, Calif., as a member of the national Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band. In addition, CTJ Director of Bands Jarrett Lipman was part of BOA’s “dream team staff of music educators,” serving as the instructor for Wallick and the baritone section.
The 300-piece, BOA Honor Band was directed by Bob Buckner, former Director of Athletic Bands (retired) at Western Carolina University, and while the band has marched in three previous Rose Parades, this was the first to include members from all 50 states. Aaron, a member of CTJ's Wind Ensemble, is a two-time TMEA All State Band member, and a current section leader. Congratulations, Aaron and Mr. Lipman!

BOA Honor Band with CTJ's Aaron Wallick and Jarrett Lipman

All Access: Claudia Taylor Johnson on FloMarching 
Episode Two in FloMarching’s full-length feature film, “All Access: Claudia Taylor Johnson,” will air on Wednesday, January 11.

The first episode from FloMarching, live stream and event coverage provider for marching band competitions, premiered on Dec. 21.
The episodic mini-documentary follows the CTJ Marching Band, Color Guard and Dance Team as it prepares 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.

“All Access: Claudia Taylor Johnson” is available to FloMarching's FloPRO members. A FloPRO subscription is $12.50 monthly (when paid as a $150 annual subscription), or $20 for a month-to-month subscription.



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.


19 At CTJ Advance to TMEA All-Area 

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Band had 19 students advance to the All-Area contest — the next and final round of the TMEA All-State Process. The 19 who advanced this year represent a total just one short of CTJ's school-best ever number of 20. Seven band members earned chairs in the TMEA Region 12 Orchestra by placing at the top of their room and will perform the weekend of December 9-11. Nine CTJ band members earned first chair in the region/won their room. 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. 
SEE WHO ADVANCED TO ALL-AREA  |   SEE WHO MADE ALL-DISTRICT

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CTJ Capital Campaign updateCTJ Band kicks off Capital Campaign

Faced with a fast-growing band membership, the Johnson High School band has kicked off a year-long, $50,000 campaign toward the purchase of new instruments and equipment for the program. Consider a tax deductible donation to the band, and share with friends, family and band alumni.


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