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Allen Students Land Regional Jazz Band Seats

Three Allen High School Fine Arts students were selected for seats on the Region 25 High School Jazz Band. The Texas Music Educators Association held the competitive auditions on Sept. 22.

The students selected for the jazz band are:

  • Melanie Schwartz (senior) – First Overall, First Trumpet in Jazz Ensemble 1
  • Josh Monday (junior) – Fourth Overall, Second Drumset in Jazz Ensemble 2
  • Arda Calisir (junior) – Third Overall, First Tenor Sax in Jazz Ensemble 2

Students competed for spots against schools from Celine ISD, Community ISD, Denison ISD, Farmersville ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Melissa ISD, Plano ISD, Pottsboro ISD, Princeton ISD, Sherman ISD, and Wylie ISD. The students performed a series of prepared musical excerpts before a panel of judges.

Melanie’s first-place finish advances her to the Area round of the All-State competition on Oct. 6.