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Liberty band captures 4th consecutive state title

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liberty CS bandLiberty Christian’s band won the state championship for the fourth year in a row from the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) recently at Mary Hardin-Baylor.

“There was a very high expectation we placed on ourselves,” said Scott Himel, Band Director and Fine Arts Teacher of the Year. “Our senior class especially wanted to earn the very rare distinction of winning state every year of their four-year high school career at Liberty.”

Mr. Himel said winning state this year impacted each student differently.

“For some students, this fourth straight win was the perfect way to end their high school band career,” he said. “To others, this championship has inspired a deep rooted desire to establish a legacy, maintaining excellence and maturing our program as we grow from our success.”

The band competed with 14 soloists, 19 small groups, a jazz band, concert band, and symphonic band, in addition to two sight reading contests.

Mr. Himel said his students begin preparing for state in early summer by choosing their music selections, along with band officer input.

“During the school year, a culture of student leadership is supported by the directors to inspire students to learn to work together and be accountable to each other through our musical curriculum and goals,” he said. “This culture also includes student-led Bible studies, homework groups, and social events that all work together to build our band family.”

During TAPPS, competition events incorporated performing in large ensembles as well as soloists and small groups without the aid of a director. This year, each student had the opportunity to perform in a maximum of five events and most did, averaging 12 songs per student throughout the competition day.

“I am so proud of our students and my fellow band directors Brad Mezei, John Racina, and Jason Umbach,” said Mr. Himel. “It’s almost surreal to realize everything we are accomplishing, and it is a privilege for me to be a part of it and watch our band members grow together and bond as a family. It is truly amazing to see.

“Winning the state title is also an exciting and humbling honor that is a public confirmation of everything I see in our students’ character and commitment to each other.”

A huge congratulations the following students:

Officers
Drum Major – Tiffany Lu
President – Anna Hudelson
Drum Captain – Elijah Parr
Woodwind Captain – Mary Jane Stidham
Brass Captain – Trevor Dondrea
String Captain – Rachel Lorentz

Flute
Kennedy Collins
Zhendong Qian

Clarinet
Cole Collins
Jonathan Couch
Parker Smith

Bass Clarinet
Ashley Harrison

Alto Sax
Chris Howells
Anna Hudelson
Tiffany Lu
Antoine Michels
John Munera
Payge Perdue

Tenor Sax
Mary Jane Stidham
Tyler Barnes

Baritone Sax
Nicole Boudreaux

Trumpet
Harrison Chapman
Tyler Clifford
Trevor Dondrea
Tyler Dondrea
Isaac Ilami
Jonte Normand

Trombone
Michael Becker
Silas Hill
Jason O’Connor

Tuba
Brayden Dragoo
Jonathan Palmer

Drums
Natalie Belokin
Matthew Honeycutt
Kelsey Hovanetz
Dillon Lewis
Tiffany Lu
Cameron Meath
Elijah Parr
Cheryl Shaffer
Kevin Wissink
Mack Wright
Mary Wright

Bass Guitar
Rachel Lorentz

Cello
Joonyeong Choi

Vivian Nichols is part of the public relations team with Liberty Christian School.

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