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CTJ Names Cheney Asst. Director

Patrick CheneyPatrick Cheney has been named assistant band director at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School after spending the past three years at Canyon High School in New Braunfels.

Mr. Cheney attended Cooper High School in Abilene. While a senior at Cooper, he performed with Black Gold World Winter Guard in 2010. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s from McMurry University in Music Education and studied oboe performance under Susie Rockett. While at McMurry, Mr. Cheney won two concerto competitions and marched Bluecoats in 2012.

Mr. Cheney student taught in Fredericksburg where he continued to teach as a Middle School Band Director and directed the High School Color Guard from 2015-2018. For the past three years, Mr. Cheney has been an Assistant Band Director at Canyon High School in New Braunfels. At Canyon, he worked with the sub-non-varsity and directed the color guard program.

Mr. Cheney also performed with Invictus World Winter Guard in 2017 and 2018 under the direction of Tracy Wooton. He has been a member of the Invictus Board of Directors ever since.

In his spare time, Mr. Cheney enjoys hanging out with his two dogs, Lincoln and Biggy, and being outdoors.

Welcome to CTJ, Mr. Cheney!

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Johnson Claims UIL 6A State Title

With one final run of its 2020 show, “Know Who You Are,” the Claudia Taylor Johnson Marching Band won its first Texas UIL 6A State Marching Championship at the Alamodome.

From the first hit through the ballad and finale, the show — which included musical highlights from many of its marching competitions over the years —found favor with the field and music judges throughout the season.

The state title capped a successful four-year run by CTJ’s senior class, which was part of five consecutive Bands of America super regional or regional championships, and a BOA Grand National finalist berth in 2019, finishing sixth nationally.

The Texas UIL 6A finalists (total points in parentheses):

State Champion: Claudia Taylor Johnson (10)
Silver Medalist: Hebron (18)
Bronze Medalist: Flower Mound (18)

4th Place: Marcus (20)
5th Place: The Woodlands (22)
6th Place: Pearland (24)
7th Place: Waxahachie (35)
8th Place: Coppell (45)
9th Place: Seven Lakes (47)
10th Place: Cypress Woods (51)

There were 20 6A bands in the state competition.

Johnson’s state title run continued its run of success at the Alamodome. In addition to this year’s first place showing, CTJ has a 6A bronze medalist placement (2014), and Bands of America Super Regional championships in 2014 and 2017. Johnson finished in the top five in the BOA Super Regional there each year from 2012 through 2018.

Even though the pandemic limited competitions in 2020, Johnson was named the UIL Area D 6A Marching Champion following its performance at Jack C. Hays High School in Buda on December 5.  That day, CTJ was ranked first in music and marching by each of the five Area D competition judges, with Jack C. Hays finishing second and Harker Heights third in the field of eight 6A schools.

Earlier this season, Johnson won its 13th consecutive “Sweepstakes” from judges at the UIL Region marching contest.

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CTJ Places 15 for TMEA All-State

TMEA The Claudia Taylor Johnson Band had 15 members earn chairs in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Bands for 2021.

It was the third year in a row for Johnson having all-state band members in double digits, and the most of any school in NEISD. CTJ had 16 make the all-state band in 2019 and 11 in 2020.

Tommy Brennan (euphonium) was named to his fourth TMEA All-State Band, while Jake Glaser (Bb clarinet) and Preston Payne (trombone) were named to their third. It's the second appearance for Dylan Davidson, Kadence Koehl, and Brenna Mitchell.

The 15 making TMEA All-State Band for 2021 (the number of times making All-State is in parentheses):

Sebastian Becerra, junior — Baritone Saxophone
Matthew Blackwell, junior — Contrabassoon
Tommy Brennan, senior — Euphonium (4)
Catherine Chambers, senior — Horn
Dylan Davidson, senior — Bass Trombone (2)
Jake Glaser, junior — Bb Clarinet (3)
Kaitlyn Hawkins, junior — Piccolo
Kadence Koehl, senior — Trumpet (2)
Joshua Kraly, senior — Tuba
Brenna Mitchell, senior — Contrabassoon (2)
Robert Mullen, senior — Tuba
Preston Payne, senior — Trombone (3)
Bella Perez, junior — Bassoon
Alejandro San Miguel, senior — Baritone Saxophone
Aiden Souder, junior — Trumpet

Fifty-nine Johnson band members have earned 92 chairs in the TMEA All-State bands in the school’s 13-year history.
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