28 Owls Earn All-West Honors

Twenty-eight musicians earned chairs in All-West Tennessee bands and orchestras, and five received alternate status. In addition, a record 12 students qualified for All-State honors, six in orchestra and six in band.

The West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education, hosted auditions for bands January 13 and orchestras November 18. During the weekend of February 8-10, students receiving All-West honors will attend a clinic at the Memphis Convention Center and perform in a concert at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
Director of Bands and Orchestra Chris Piecuch and Music Instructor Bryan Scott lead the program.

“Students had to prepare very difficult musical excerpts and scales and to sightread in front of a judge who is a professional musician or teacher,” Piecuch said. “This year, 2,000 students participated in the auditions. Even in this very competitive arena, MUS had many more honorees than most schools in our region and more per capita than any school in the area.”

Note: * Indicates All-State placement.
11-12 Blue Band
Sai Madasu ’24 - 1st chair contrabass clarinet*
Alan Zhou ’24 - 2nd chair flute*
Eshaan Patnaik ’24 - 4th chair clarinet*
Alan Cheng ’25 - 4th chair trombone
Luke Akers ’25 - 9th chair clarinet*
Joey Paul ’25 - 13th chair clarinet
Parth Patel ’24 - 14th chair clarinet
9-10 Blue Band
Joshua Gramm ’26 - 1st chair alto saxophone*
Lucas Zhang ’26 - 3rd chair clarinet*
Wilson Pace ’26 - 6th chair alto saxophone
9-10 Red Band
Haadi Ranjha ’27 - 3rd chair French horn
Jacob Ray ’26 - 6th chair flute
Advay Adapa ’27 - 19th chair clarinet
Brady Ehrhart ’26 - Alternate tuba
Sohum Valauliker ’26 - Alternate oboe
Middle School Blue Band
Jenson Bridge ’29 - 4th chair French horn
Kushal Das ’29 - 6th chair flute
Graham Ensor ’29 - 12th chair trombone
Albert Liu ’29 - 27th chair clarinet
Luke Wells ’29 - Alternate alto saxophone
Middle School Red Band
Patrick Du ’29 - 5th chair percussion
11-12 Symphony Orchestra
Gabe Chen ’24 - 1st chair violin*
Dannie Dong ’24 - 1st chair percussion*
Joel Lim ’24 - 1st chair oboe*
Evan Wu ’24 - 3rd chair viola*
Michael Liu ’25 - 10th chair violin*
9-10 Honor String Orchestra
Bill Chiang ’26 - 1st chair violin*
Soren Johnson ’27 - 16th chair cello
Henry Phan ’26 - 32nd chair violin
Will Brezina ’27 - 33nd chair violin
Henry Sproles ’27 - Alternate bass
Liam McCarver ’26 - Alternate cello
Middle School String Orchestra
Aaron Chiang ’29 - 9th chair cello