Caleb Haffner, a member of the West Rusk High School Band, has been selected as a member of the 2020 Association of Texas Small School Bands. More than 10,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty-two 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 this past weekend across the state and only 280 of these 2,288 students were selected for all-state honors.
Haffner is a private student of Jerry Hale and plays the trombone at school under the direction of his parents, Grady and Stephanie Haffner of Overton, who are members of the ATSSB, a 1175-member group of band directors in the 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A high schools in Texas. This is his first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. His other interests at school include the Fellowship of Christian Musicians and the jazz band. He is also active in other church activities at New Covenant Church and enjoys playing piano, golfing, camping and hiking.
The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio, TX, Feb. 12-15 and will present a concert beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.
Dr. David F. Wilborn (Texas A&M University) will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band which will premier “Scherzito, After Gustav Holst” by Christopher Lowry, winner of the 2020 ATSSB Composition Competition. Eugene Corporon (North Texas State University) will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band. Paul Harshman (University of Washington) will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble which will perform at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Convention Center Hemisfair Ballroom 1.