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Hanford, Traylor selected to All-State Band

Two members of the Iowa Park High School Hawk Band were selected to the 2012 ATSSB All-State Band, following auditions at Argyle High School Saturday.

Junior Blake Hanford (tuba) and sophomore Christopher Traylor (flute) earned a spot on the All-State Concert Band. They were among more than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioning in 20 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 this past weekend, with only 240 of their 1,360 finalists selected for all-state honors.

The Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antoniio Feb. 8-11 and will present a concert beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

Col. Tim Foley (USMC-retired) will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band. Dennis Fischer, Conductor of the Symphonic Band, Associate Director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, and Professor of Music in Conducting and Ensembles, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Band. The Concert Band will perform the winning composition from the 2012 ATSSB Composition Competition: “Egypt, the Awakening” by Bill Newman.

This is the first year for both Hanford and Traylor to be selected to the All-State Band.

Hanford, son of Bryan and Jean Hanford of Iowa Park, plays tuba at IPHS under the direction of Greg Miller. A member of Frist Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, he enjoys the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), church orchestra, and the Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Traylor, a private student of Janelle Olson, plays flute at IPHS under the direction of Miller. The son of Guy and Mitsi Traylor of Iowa Park, he is active at the Faith Village Church of Christ, and enjoys music, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his family.