Tahoma musicians headed to prestigious band clinic

Tahoma musicians headed to prestigious band clinic
Posted on 11/19/2021

Tahoma Band talent joins other honor band talent from around the world this weekend at the Western International Band Clinic in SeaTac. From November 19-22, six Tahoma students who auditioned for a spot in the clinic will be taught and guided by professional conductors, composers and guest ensemble artists.

Tahoma band students who auditioned into Western International Band Clinic

Pictured (from left): Manuel, Alejandro, Cara, Julia, Colin; not pictured: Jonathan

Alejandro Albright Reveles, bass clarinet; Jonathan Connors, percussion; Colin Laskarzewski, french horn; Cara Lisy, clarinet; Manuel Rosales, bass clarinet and Julia Stan, clarinet, will learn from the esteemed directors and composers ahead of Monday’s live-streamed concert. Lisy said that the audition process was the same as past years with submitting a recording of their audition piece. Laskarzewski is excited for his first time to work with these conductors and musicians.


The students talk excitedly about one of the guest ensembles, Project Trio, that will be performing with them. Their flutist, Greg Pattillo, is a YouTube sensation who beatboxes while playing his flute.


Rosales is looking forward to taking his skills to the next level and to grow as a musician. He is hoping to become a professional musician.


Talking about this weekend, Stan talks about the early mornings and late nights.  The schedule is tight to make sure they are ready for their performance. It is “constant work” for the entire weekend.


Albright Reveles talked about how thankful he is that Mr. Cole, Tahoma High School’s band director, encourages himself and the other students to get involved and to make sure they are aware of opportunities available to them. The other students quickly chime in and echo his thoughts about how Mr. Cole is great about informing the students of so many opportunities to get involved.


Due to COVID restrictions, the performance will be live streamed on YouTube. Students are grouped into bands named “Fire” and “Thunder” to perform a variety of compositions. These students are excited about “Never Walk Alone,” a piece which will be performed by all the bands together.




For more information on the Western International Band Clinic, click here.


To view the Tahoma Field Show Ensemble’s performance at the Puget Sound Festival of Bands in October, click here.

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