WJHS top band continues in TMEA statewide competition


School may be out for the summer and kids are nowhere near campus, but the Whitehouse Junior High School honor band continues their quest up the ranks of the Texas Music Educators Association contest on a recording. The group recently took first place in the Region 21, Class 3C Region Honor Band Listening Session held in Lindale.

To enter the honor band contest, a band must submit a recording of their UIL concert contest performance. Two recordings from region advance to area. Then two recordings from area will advance to state. The band that receives first place a state is invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio the following February. 

The WJHS varsity band had approximately 75 students in it out of about 330 junior high band students. 

The band was required to perform at least two level two pieces for contest but they performed a level two and a level three.

According to the band’s director John Gaertner it has been about a decade since Whitehouse Junior High entered and advanced to area in the honor band process. 

“I’m very proud of the hard work the students have put in and I’m proud of their dedication to excellence,” Gaertner said. “Whitehouse has the best students in East Texas and they are a joy to work with.”

The area listening session will include bands from Dallas and will take place on June 23 at Duncanville High School.


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