Duo earn spots in all-state band


Madisonville High School’s band had a few of its musicians compete for a spot in the all-state band and had two get on the roster.

The Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) had auditions for its 2013 state band Jan. 12. Junior Katey Peveto and seniors Libby Schmidt and Roberto Palomino from MHS each tried out.

Palomino placed eighth on tuba playing. MHS band director Stepanie Schmidt said the performance was a personal best for him.

On the contrabass clarinet, Peveto placed first in her section and qualified for the all-state band for the first time. Also a bass clarinet player, Peveto has qualified for area band two times and for state solo and ensemble on three occasions.

Another MHS player to get a first-place performance was Libby Schmidt on the bass trombone. This marks her third year on the all-state band.

“This is something that only 10-15 band students in the state of Texas can say they qualified for in any given school year,” said Stephanie Schmidt. “She will also receive a scholarship from ATSSB, who sponsors the all-state band.”

Libby Schmidt plays both trombone and bass trombone at MHS. She has qualified for both area and state solo and ensemble contests for three years.

More than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned 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 Jan. 12 across the state. Of 1,360 students, 240 were selected for all-state honors.

The ATSSB all-state bands will meet in rehearsals at the Convention Center in downtown San Antonio next month. They will present a concert there on Saturday, Feb.16, beginning at 9:30 a.m.