By TOMIE PARKS
December has turned out to be a good month for Taylor High School’s Duck Band.
Their run of recent success started Dec. 11 when they auditioned for the state’s All Region Band.
“That’s where the top students from the different bands in Texas come together to compete,” said Jacques Brown, THS band director. “It’s a contest run by the Association of Texas Small School Bands, and this year it took place at Smithville High School.
Of the 19 Taylor band students who auditioned, 13 earned spots on the All Region Band.
The winners include Ashley Bengston, Kyle Bohac, Taylor Bryant, Nathan Dunn, Lorellye Graham, Amy Janecka, Travis Kovar, Diane Lepe, Elric Martinez, Andrea Navarro, Stephen Svatek, Julie Polasek and Josh Villarreal.
As All Region Band members, those 13 students will have the chance to spend a weekend at Texas State University in Waco.
“They’ll be rehearsing for a big concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 22,” Brown said.
But the success story doesn’t end there.
“Three of the 13 who made Regionals scored high enough to advance to Area,” Brown said.
So those three, Bengston, Martinez and Svatek, are already busy preparing for the All Area Band Contest, which is set to take place Jan. 8, 2011 at Robinson High School in Robinson, just outside of Waco.
“I’m very proud of all of them,” Brown said. “They’ve worked hard to get where they are.”