Italy ISD bands host annual Christmas concert

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Italy Junior High Band (Alysa Kirton)

Christmas music filled the air at George Scott Memorial Gymnasium this past Thursday evening as the Italy ISD bands held their Christmas concert.

The sixth grade band, junior high band and high school band played several songs prior to a community-wide pep rally for the football team.

The sixth grade band began the event by performing Go Tell Aunt Rhodie, an American folk song and Jingle Bells by J.S. Pierpont.

The junior high band performed Deck the Halls with Rock ‘n’ Roll by Fraley and Atlantis by McGinty. The band had help from an elf, Lee Joffre, with Diary of a Grumpy Elf (‘Twas the week before Christmas) by Fraley.

Jesus Perez, band director, introduced three students who competed in Junior High All Region contest – Vanessa Cantu, Sarah Levy and Blake Brewer.

The high school band performed two songs they are preparing for the spring contest season – Monterey March by LaPlante and A Childhood Hymn by Holsinger. They concluded the concert with White Christmas by Berlin/Edmondson, Angels in the Bleak midwinter by Clark and Scherzo for Santa by Conaway.

Perez introduced two students who competed in the High School All Region contest – Alexis Sampley and Trevor Davis.

He also introduced the seniors: Morgan Junkin, Reid Jacinto, John Hughes, Yonathan Davila, Timothy Fleming, Gus Allen, Zachary Latimer and Brett Kirton.

Sixth grade band members include: Taylor Boyd, Emily Guzman, Raegan Jones, Karley Nelson, Alondra Reyes, Juliette Salazar, Virginia Stephens, flute; La’Jada Jackson, Marcos Duarte, Abby Gage, Lona Beets, Madison Galvan, Jenaria Brooks, Karla Perez, Patrick Hadley, Mikey South, Cason Roberts, clarinet; Tatum Adams, Cade Brewer, alto saxophone; Isaac Garcia, tenor saxophone; Ryder Itson, Alex Garcia, Jacob Wiser, Carson Holley, Jonathan Salas, Garrett Cash, trumpet; Savannah Lewis, Cassidy Gage, Wesley Helms, Jaylon Lusk, Chad Padilla, Joseph Vuittonet, trombone; Matthew Cryer, Keondra Jackson, Matthew Monreal, baritone; and Adam Powell, Jonathan Salas, Rhett Hoegger, tuba.

Junior high band members are: Paige Cunningham, Brooke DeBorde, Elizabeth Garcia, Zoe Hall, Sarah Levy, Brycelen Richards, Antonia Salazar, Jill Varner, Kirsten Viator, flute; Vanessa Cantu, Noeli Garcia, Marlen Hernandez, Jenna Holden, Kimberly Mata, Christy Murray, Annie Perry, Caroline Pittman, Jennifer Ramirez, Cade Roberts, Rori Russell, clarinet; Blake Brewer, bass clarinet; Maegan Connor, Ty Hamilton, Michael Hughes, April Lusk, alto saxophone; Adrian Acevedo, tenor saxophone; Colton Allen, Joseph Celis, Fabian Cortez, Sierra Flowers, Elijah Garcia, Jose Garcia, Garrett Janek, Austin Lowe, Kirby Nelson, Isidro Perez, Edgar Solis, trumpet; Emily Cunningham, Hunter Morgan, Christopher Munoz, Aaron Pittmon, Clay Riddle, De’Vonteh Williams, trombone; Jacob Brooks, Christopher Davila, Anthony Lusk, Byron Lusk, Tomi Newman, baritone; David De La Hoya, Ben Latimer, Kendrick Norwood, tuba; and Jarvis Harris, Lorena Rodriguez, Stockard Smithwick, Michael Wilson, Elliot Worsham, percussion.

Members of the Italy High School Gladiator Regiment Band are: Julissa Hernandez, Kortnei Johnson, Morgan Junkin, Sarah Levy, Ana Luna, flute; Alexis Sampley, oboe; Vanessa Cantu, K’Breona Davis, Trevor Davis, Samantha Owens, Halee Turner, clarinet; Blake Brewer, bass clarinet; Brandon Connor, April Lusk, Joe Mack Pitts, Emily Stiles, alto saxophone; Joseph Celis, Elijah Garcia, Amber Hooker, Reid Jacinto, Jennifer McDaniel, Juan Suaste, Tara Wallis, Madison Washington, trumpet; Jorge Galvan, John Hughes, Ashlyn Jacinto, Zachary Latimer, Zac Mercer, Kelsey Nelson, trombone; Lillie Perry, Pedro Salazar, Hannah Washington, baritone; Ryan Connor, Yonathan Davila, Timothy Fleming, tuba; and Reagan Adams, Gus Allen, Brett Kirton, Alex Minton Felder, Madeleine Pittman, Noah Ramirez, Brenya Williams, Whitney Wolaver, percussion.

Members of the color guard include Alexis Burchett, Ashlyn Jacinto, Paige Little, Brooke Miller, Maria Patino and Anna Riddle.

Perez thanked the band boosters, the administration, the school board, Barry Byers and Neotribune for its coverage and everyone who has helped support the band.