June 23, 2023 - Three Comal ISD music students received the coveted Outstanding Performer award at this year’s UIL Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest. They are Ryan Lopez from Canyon High School, Erin Stage from Canyon Lake High School and Matthew Stanford from Davenport High School.
The Outstanding Performer Award represents the attainment by an individual of superior musicianship as demonstrated in the Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest. Only students who receive a Division I rating at a UIL regional solo or small ensemble contest during the school year are eligible to participate in this contest, and all solos are performed by memory.
Earlier this year, Lopez, who earned the Outstanding Performer award for his solo entry on the marimba, also placed first chair in the 5A All-State Band earlier this year. Read more here.
Stage, also earned the Outstanding Performer award for her solo entry on the marimba; and Stanford, added the Outstanding Performer on marching snare to his list of awards for the year. He earned the title of All-State Musician earlier this year when he was selected for the All-State Jazz Ensemble. Read more here.
Band directors and instructors who helped these musicians include Brad Arnold and Steve Vaden at CHS, Eduardo Gonzales at CLHS and Jeffrey Keyes at DHS.
-Three Comal ISD students who were named Outstanding Performers through the UIL Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest this spring are pictured with the Comal ISD Board of Trustees. Front row from left is Ryan Lopez from Canyon High School; Brad Arnold, CHS director of bands; Erin Stage from Canyon Lake High School, Eduardo Gonzales, CLHS director of bands; Matthew Stanford from Davenport High School and Jeffrey Keyes, DHS director of bands.