KC makes it to All State Band

Photo by Will Prichard / The Flare Cara Fletcher and Callyeno Bristow recently participated in the All State Symphonic Band performance in San Antonio.
Photo by Will Prichard / The Flare
Cara Fletcher and Callyeno Bristow recently participated in the All State Symphonic Band performance in San Antonio.

On Feb. 15 the Texas Community College Band Director Association had its annual All State Symphonic Band performance in San Antonio, with two KC students participating.
KC band members Callyeno Bristow, Lufkin sophomore, and Cara Fletcher, Longview freshman, both participated in this event, and enjoyed it very much.
To participate in All State Symphonic Band, participants must submit an audition form, have proof of TMEA membership, audition fees, and audition tapes or CDs. Then the students must complete a chair test on the first day that they all come together.
Bristow participated in the event last year, so he was well aware of the expectations.
“I enjoyed it very much so,” he said. He said he enjoys playing with people who like making music.
Even being his second year to participate, Bristow said that the music was still difficult. The musicians only have three days to practice the pieces for the All State performance, and he said this makes it harder.
This was Fletcher’s first year to participate. Glen Wells, KC band director, informed her about the event. Fletcher said she as well enjoys the event.
“It’s cool playing with different people, and different directors,” she said. She said she likes seeing what other directors put into it.
Fletcher said that next semester she would be participating in the Symphonic Band again and plans to try out for Concerto Competition. Bristow is a sophomore and will be leaving but said he would definitely do it again if he was going to be at KC.
“It’s a wonderful experience to have,” said Bristow.