Sulphur Springs High School Band Director Charles McCauley reports that 25 band members earned First Division Ratings last Friday at a regional solo and ensemble contest at Texas A&M-Commerce. Nineteen students earned their First Division on a Class 1 solo, the most difficult level. They are Sarah Anderson, Celeste Leeds-Laliberte, Carrissa Carter, Kate Flores, Jaci Glenn, Maddy Ray, Brayden Fisher, Owen Lee, Seth Womack, Riley Farley, Nathan Braddy, Christian Corona, Payton Baugh, Emily Johnson, Zach Phillips, Lucia Yanez, Mason Gillem, Blaine Mitchell and Sam Robinson.
Earning First Division on Class 2 solos were Elizabeth Lopez, Alondra Santillan, Alice Lopez, Kassidi Hill, Adam Ost and Andrew Westlund.
Eight students also made First Division on ensembles. They are the clarinet trio of Kate Flores, Elizabeth Vega and Alondra Santillan and the brass quintet of Christian Corona, Christian Diaz-DeLeon, Zach Phillips, Nathan Braddy and Isaac Lamb.
Eleven students qualified for the the state solo and ensemble contest in May. They are soloists Celeste Leeds-Laliberte, Carissa Carter, Blaine Mitchell and Sam Robinson and ensemble members Christian Corona, Christian Diaz-DeLeon, Zach Phillips, Isaac Lamb, Nathan Braddy, Kate Flores, Elizabeth Vega and Alondra Santillan.