Buckeye Band members advance to State
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THE GILMER HIGH SCHOOL Buckeye Band had four members advance from Region to State competition for the All-State Band. They included, from left, Danielle Plunk, Whitney Haschke, Josh Harmon and Dakota Martinez. Miss Hascke, next photo, was selected for the All-State Band for the second year, and will appear in concert in San Antonio on Feb. 16.
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Four Gilmer High School students in the Buckeye Band auditioned at Area competition for the prestigious Association of Texas Small School Bands All-State Bands, and one was selected.

She is Whitney Haschke. The others who tried out, after advancing from Regional competition, included Danielle Plunk, Josh Harmon and Dakota Martinez.

It was the second time for Miss Haschke to win All-State honors.

She is a private student of Jeff Elmore, and plays the oboe under the direction of Gilmer band director Eric Gray. Gray is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1,000-member group of band directors in 1A, 2A and 3A high schools in Texas.

Miss Haschke is active in the First United Methodist Church of Gilmer, and enjoys spending time with children.

She is the daughter of Neal and Gail Haschke of Gilmer.

More than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in 20 different regions for their All-Region Band and a chance to advace to the State Bands.

The top chairs in each Region advanced to the State level, and only 240 of these 1,360 students were selected for All-State honors.

The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio Feb. 13 to 16, and will present a concert beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Director of Bands at Hofsta University in Hempstead, N.Y., will be the clinician/conductor for the All-State Symphonic Band.

Larry Gookin, Director of Bands at Central Washington University, will be the clinician/conductor of the All-State Concert Band.

The Concert Band will premiere an original Festival March by William Owens, which was commissioned by ATSSB.

Dr. Ronald McCurdy, Professor of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble, which will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Ballroom B of the Convention Center.
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