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Summer 2021 Band Achievements

Anna ISD would like to congratulate the Anna High School Band for their past success this summer! The Anna High School Band has a record of consistent high achievement over the last ten-plus years. This tradition of excellence has continued in what can only be described as a banner year for the program both in individual events and ensemble achievement.


Coming off of a clean sweep in UIL contests and having the most students make the All-State Band of any school in north Texas, The AHS Band had some other firsts. Most notably, the Varsity Concert Band is the 4A State Champions in the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series band contest for their performance of “Red Rock Mountain” by Rosano Galante. This contest is judged by submitting recordings that advance through a region and area round. The top 3 recordings from each of the five areas make it to the state round. Anna High School had two recordings make it to the state level this year. Their second recording, Fugue a la Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach, finished 4th place.

Anna High School Band


Anna High School Student Musicians have also racked up several individual awards! The following individuals earned awards:


Senior Alexis Ortega earned his second appointment to the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as a Bassoonist. This is his second year as the 1st chair All-State Bassoonist in the ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band.

Picture of Alexis Ortega


Senior Abbi McElway Received Recognition as the “Outstanding Soloist” at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Competition.

Picture of Abbi McElway


Senior Ellie Wolf received recognition as the “Outstanding Soloist” at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Competition. This is her third time earning a spot as an All-State Clarinetist in the ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band.

Picture of Ellie Wolf

Senior Dallas Meader Earned a spot as the 4th Trumpet in the ATSSB All-State Jazz Band.
Junior Rose Jaramillo earned her second appointment to the ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band as a clarinetist.

Picture of Dallas Meader

Junior Rose Jaramillo earned her second appointment to the ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band as a clarinetist. 

Picture of Rose Jaramillo


And Finally, Junior Jacob Grohs earned a spot in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as an Alto Saxophonist. He is also the 1st chair Saxophonist for the ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band.

Picture of Jacob Grohs