Congratulations to the following LISD students: Liberty High School: Olivia Quinn, Houdini, Best of Show, 11th grade; Lidia Ochoa, Three Amigos, Gold Medal, 10th grade; Perla Rodriguez, The Lone Cowboy, Gold Medal, 9th grade. Liberty Middle School: Luke Evans, Behind the Chutes, Best of Show, 8th grade; Lark Walker, Ol' Mission, Gold Medal, 8th grade. Liberty Elementary School: Hannah Bearden, Leapin' Lizards, Best of Show, 5th grade; Raeshell Elliott, A Front's Moving In, Gold Medal, 3rd grade. The artwork will be on display at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 3 - 22 at the NRG Center and online at http://lhsartrm.blogspot.com/2015/01/houston-livestock-show-and-rodeo-art.html.
On Saturday January 10, members from the Liberty Panther Band competed in the Association of Texas Small School Bands Area East competition. Students from schools ranging from the northern border of Texas to the Southeast Texas coast competed for spots in the ATSSB Texas All-State Band. Two members of the Liberty Panther Band achieved that honor on Saturday. Senior Flute Player and Panther Band Drum Major Lionel Brown and Sophomore Trombone Player Trevor Powell were named as members of the 2015 Texas All-State Band. Due to the competition factor, this is the highest honor that can be achieved by a high school band member. Having two students at once in the Texas All-State Band is a first in Liberty Panther Band history. Liberty has had several All-State band members but never two at once. The tradition of All-State Band members started back in the 1960’s when Trubie Smith earned that honor. Trubie is now the Band Director at Vidor Junior High. These students will travel to San Antonio, Texas on February 11 – 14 to be a part of the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. They will spend those days rehearsing, taking in the exhibit halls, and performing a concert on Saturday February 14 in the Lila Cockerel Theatre. Congratulations to both of these young men and their families.
Liberty High School Freshman, Jacob Mintz, participated in the Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps Audition Camp in Liberty Hill, Texas during the Thanksgiving weekend. Genesis is part of the Drum Corps International Open Class lineup. Jacob was selected to return to the December audition leading up to their choices for their summer tour group. If he is selected, he will spend the summer touring with the DCI award winning group. We wish him good luck in his endeavors. Jacob is the son of Bruce and Sonia Mintz of Liberty.
On Saturday November 22, 2014 members of the Liberty Panther Band competed for seats in the Region 10 ATSSB All-Region Band. Six Liberty High School students earned chairs in that band: Lionel Brown on Flute, Lidia Ochoa on Bass Clarinet, Ryan Rhodes on Alto Saxophone, Juan Ochoa on French Horn, Trevor Powell on Trombone, and Ian Gaskin on Tuba. These students also advanced to the ATSSB Area Band and will audition for the Texas All-State Band in January. Congratulations Panther Band!