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PHARR – Sixty-one middle school students in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) were named to the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Middle School Band.
Auditions for the All-Region Middle School Band were held on Jan. 30, 2021. According to PSJA Fine Arts Director Jon Taylor due to the pandemic this year, middle school band students from districts across the Rio Grande Valley and the state recorded their auditions and submitted them for judging.
“Congratulations to the students and their directors on this tremendous accomplishment,” said PSJA Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “At PSJA ISD, we take pride in providing students with high-quality extracurricular programs that they can participate in to become well-rounded leaders and ultimately achieve the highest levels of success.”
PSJA ISD students representing the district’s eight middle schools earned the honor of being named to the competitive All-Region Band. Schools represented include: LBJ Middle School, Liberty Middle School, Kennedy Middle School and Escalante Middle School in Pharr; Austin Middle School and Yzaguirre Middle School in San Juan; and, Alamo Middle School and Murphy Middle School in Alamo.
In addition to Band, at PSJA ISD, all students can participate in numerous superior music programs like Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band and Mariachi.
“We are very proud of our All-Region Middle School Band members! They have been practicing for months towards this honor with the help of virtual instruction from their band directors,” said Taylor. “Their success is proof of their desire to find a way to excel despite the obstacles presented by the pandemic. They are a credit to their families, schools, and PSJA ISD. Congratulations students and directors!”