Three Pampa students qualify for All-State Band

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HOUSTON -- The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selection of the 2020 ATSSB All-State Band. More than 10,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty-two different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of the five area auditions held January 11th across the state and only 280 of these 2,288 students were selected for all-state honors. 

The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio, Texas, February 12- 15. Eugene Corporon (North Texas State University) will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band, which will perform at 10:10 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020, in Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. 

Julia Allen, Cidnie Goodson, and Korbin Cole, members of the Pampa High School Band, were selected as a member of the All-State Symphonic Band. They were chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels.

Ms. Allen, a private student of Mr. Fred Pankratz, plays the French Horn. This is her second time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. Her other interests include puzzles and crochet. She is the daughter of Blake and Erica Allen. She is the granddaughter of Peggy Koehler. 

Ms. Goodson, a private student of Ms. Helen Blackburn, plays the flute. This is her first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. In her spare time she enjoys reading. She is the daughter of Michelle and Johnny Goodson.  

Mr. Cole, a private student of Mrs. Sedlacek, plays the trombone. This is his first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. He’s also a member of the Pampa High School choir. He is the son of Amy and Jeremy Cole.

Ms. Allen, Ms. Goodson, and Mr. Cole perform as members of the Pampa High School Band under the direction of Mr. John Benton, who is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1175-member group of band directors in class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A high schools in Texas. 

The Pride of Pampa is very proud of these students, as it is the first time in seventeen years the band has had three All-State Band members in one year. They’ve represented the band and community exceptionally well.

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