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Band Students Set Record at TMEA Region Auditions

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Shivani Kondubhatla
On Saturday, Dec. 9, band students competed at TMEA Region auditions. With 65 making a region band and 30 advancing to Area auditions, this the largest amount of students who advanced to Area in the school’s history.

After months of hard practice, Westwood Band members completed their Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-Region Band auditions on Saturday, Dec. 9. 125 members auditioned, with 65 making a region band and 30 advancing to the TMEA Area D auditions.

Setting a new school record, members have been practicing their music meticulously since late July.

“It was a lot of work, but it was fun,” Aarav Singh ‘26 said. “The music is challenging, and you’re going up against the best players in the region — but the experience is great.”

TMEA Area D qualifiers will next compete on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. More information about the band can be found here.     

Piccolo

Svesha Jampala ‘24

Flute

Rohan Shankar ‘25

Ella Kim ‘26

Soomin Oh ‘27

Pio Stephan Anthony ‘27

Theodore Wong ‘26

Megan Luo ‘27

Helen Zhang ‘26

Cynthia Liu ‘26

Bronson Wang ‘25

Rachel Zhu ‘26

Oboe

Justin Yu ‘27

English Horn

Jeremy Suen ‘24

Bb Clarinet

Kevin Xu ‘25

Hyun Lee ‘25

Andrew Li ‘25

Blair Qiao ‘26

Keshav Sreekantham ‘24

Eileen Wu ‘26

Maxwell Fullerton ‘27

Paras Nijhawan ‘24

Bo Li ‘26

Advait Bapat ‘24

Bass Clarinet

Radwan Merheb ‘25

Bassoon

Jillian Riethmiller ‘27

Ajith Bandlapalli ‘24

Contrabassoon

Evan Jaf ‘26

Alto Saxophone

Derek Shen ‘24

Amogh Chetan ‘24

Austin Gu ‘27

Anella Mason ‘25

Zane Hyman ‘25

Tenor Saxophone

Anshuman Garg ‘26

Henry Sedberry ‘24

Anna Rudnik ‘24

Baritone Saxophone

Ethan Tang ‘24

Trumpet

Will Bryant ‘24

Thavaniketh Kusu ‘24

Remy Phillips ‘26

Kiarie Kimani ‘26

Michael Rao ‘24

Nikhil Modak ‘24

Diego Digiulio ‘25

Vishnu Dokka ‘24

Sofia Davila Ramirez ‘24

French Horn

Kieran Beltran ‘26

Sterling Vaughn ‘27

Constantina Kyriazis ‘24

Elise Jung ‘24

Jackson Paddock ‘26

Tenor Trombone

Ian Seale ‘25

Hannelore Sederholm ‘27

Benjamin Nuccitelli ‘25

Bass Trombone

David Sato ‘25

Euphonium

Maggie Smith ’27

Suhaan Ferris ‘26

Dylan Luo ‘25

Tuba

Hagan Riethmiller ‘24

Jonathan Chien ‘25

Andrew Bearse ‘24

Alex Broyles ‘25

Percussion

Neel Kotichintala ‘25

Sean Ge ‘27

Yunha Hwang ‘24

Aiden Wen ‘26

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Jacob Chow
Jacob Chow, Heritage Staff
Class of 2026 Currently in WWHS Band! Favorite movie: Back to the future Favorite show: One Piece I love video games, talking about computers, music, and I’ll really talk about anything!
Shivani Kondubhatla
Shivani Kondubhatla, A&E Editor
Class of 2025  Feeding my ardent love for both the arts and journalism, I am beyond excited to take on the role of the Arts & Entertainment editor to represent the fine arts and pop culture not only at Westwood but also in our buzzing community. Outside of the newsroom, I am most likely cherishing time with friends, watching sit-coms (probably Modern Family!), or sustaining my unhealthy coffee addiction. 

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