‘Superior Ensemble Skills and Great Training:’ CLHS Hawk Band Earns Six First Divisions at UIL

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Canyon Lake High School's Hawk Band. Facebook image.

Canyon Lake High School’s Hawk Band received first divisions from all six judges at a Region 12 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation at Seguin High School Thursday.

The program included Bunker Hill March by Karl King, Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs, Movement 1 by Frank Picheli and Pablo! by Richard Meyer.

CLHS teachers Ed Gonzales and Jordan Davis directed the band.

Judges had this to say about the band’s stage performance:

Daniel Lugo, Fine Arts coordinator for Edgewood ISD:

“The band plays very musically and with a mature sound…a fantastic display of artistry and musical understanding.”

Roger Duran, San Antonio ISD:

“A very energetic performance. Lovely soloist playing. Beautiful dynamic contrasts. You’ve captured the character and flavor of Pablo! Excellent job by the entire ensemble. What a good band. Bravo.”

Cliff Croomes, Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin:

“Your performance demonstrates superior ensemble skills and great training. I really enjoyed your performance. Great teaching and learning happening at Canyon Lake.”

Sight-reading comments by judges include:

Roxanne Vickers, San Antonio:

“The band is playing with great tones. Good understanding of style, articulation phrasing and dynamics…a very well-trained band!”

Kyle Friesenhan, San Antonio:

“A very musical interpretation. Great phrasing and shaping of phrases. You did an awesome job. Congratulations! Thank your directors for all they do.”

Chuck Young, Corpus Christi:

“Outstanding performance! Bravo and and directors!”

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