WTAMU Band goes to TMEA

On Feb. 2, the Department of Music presented the WTAMU Symphonic Band with 65 musicians on stage.

Every four years, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) holds auditions for their conference and WT has been selected for the 13th time in a row.

“It’s an honor and privilege to represent WT and the state of Texas,” Conductor Donald Lefevre said. “WT has been attending the TMEA all way back to the 60’s.”Lefevre said they practiced five hours a week as a band since the middle of the fall 2011 semester with co-conductor Dr. Russ Teweleit.

“There is no doubt that this year’s ensembles are all very talented,” said Lefevre. “I have no doubt that they will be in the top four.”

John Stacy, a Music Composition major and horn player, feels that playing in one of the best bands in the country is a great feeling.

“Going back to the TMEA gives me the feeling of completion,” said Stacy. “Returning there is pretty amazing.”

Stacy also said that they practiced two hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday plus an extra hour per week for sectionals.

“Doing this is what I love,” said Stacy. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Biology major Ashley Davis said performance was soothing and interesting and she would like to come and see them perform again.

“It was very interesting and [the alto saxophone solo by James Barger was] by far my favorite part,” said Davis.