RHS All Region Band Selections

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Rector band students named to the All-Region bands, and set to compete at Conway for All-State, are from left, Travis Slaughter, Jacob Holmes and Emily Gannon.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

Three Rector High School band students qualified to audition for All-State band by reaching their collective goals at the recent All-Region band competition. Being selected to compete in the competition at Conway are Travis Slaughter, a junior and son of Michael and Peggy Slaughter; Jacob Holmes, a sophomore and son of Chad and Christin Holmes, and Emily Garron, a sophomore and daughter of Jennifer Mason.

Each student expressed a degree of confidence in auditioning because of the hours of dedicated practice. Spring semester brings music for concert band in the qualifying round and they had all been working hard.

These students have had opportunity to compete since their junior band years so they knew what to expect—to some extent. “This year I was number 81 to compete, so I had a very long wait. When I started playing my clarinet, though, I lost my confidence and felt disappointed in my performance,” Gannons reflected. “A while later, we got the news and I had succeeded in my goal, making First Band, 14th chair, so I guess I didn’t do as bad as I thought.”

Slaughter, who plays tuba, has excelled in all his auditions since eighth grade. This year, Travis was awarded First Band, fourth chair, a solid qualifying rank and one that equaled his confidence.

“I’ve had superior instruction and put in a lot of practice time,” he observed. “I am always excited to play great music.”

In addition to serving as field commander for the RHS Cougar Marching Band, Holmes plays trombone in the concert band. This year, Jacob said he was excited to place Second Band, first chair in the All-Region competition. Having been practicing his selections since May of last year, he was glad it paid off.

“I can’t wait for the clinic at the Fowler Center in Jonesboro,” he added. “Being chosen to perform with all the other qualifiers in Northeast Arkansas is exciting for all of us.”

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