On Feb. 17, members of the Anna High School Band traveled to Rockwall to compete in the 2017 UIL Region 25 Solo and Ensemble Contest. In the daylong contest, AHS band students competed in a total of 84 solo and ensemble events. In 58 of those events, AHS students received the highest possible rating of Division 1. Among these were nine soloists and eight ensembles. These 37 students now advance to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest to be held May 27 in Pflugerville, Texas.


Soloists qualifying for State include: Samantha Divers (clarinet), Keira Schmidt (clarinet), Dylan Stepherson (alto sax), Reid McGowan (French horn), Johan Quinones (snare drum), Morgan Ruiz-Demaree (snare drum), Alexis Smith (keyboard), Martin Torres (keyboard), and Mitchell Webb (keyboard).


Ensembles qualifying for State include: Juanita Govea, Heather Perez, Ana Govea (flute trio); Samantha Divers, Keira Schmidt, Ariana Guillermo, Preston Isham (clarient quartet); Joel Lopez, Carissa Payne, Erin Simpson, Sayde Cummings (clarinet quartet); Jairo Rubio, Deric Heitor, Benjamin Calhoun, Allyson Richardson (clarinet quartet); Dylan Stepherson, Joshua Phakvang, Madison Wyatt, Estrella Santibanez (sax quartet); William Fudge, Brianna White, Reid McGowan, Andre Joyce, Sean henricks (five brass); Shannon Titus, Andrea Alvarez, Logan Tarr, Adam Henke, Noah Bert (five brass); Sydney May, Sebastian Boyer, Alexis Smith, Jonah Parker (percussion ensemble).