Cleburne High School musicians Blake Wilson and Logan Herring landed top chair positions in the All-Region Jazz Band, following auditions held September 15-16.
Wilson, a sophomore and second-year member of the CHS Jazz Band, was awarded fourth chair in the alto saxophone section.
Herring placed second among tenor trombonists achieving All-Region honors. The CHS senior will be taking it to the next level Wednesday as he undergoes a recorded audition for the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band.
“We are very pleased to have CHS musicians selected for the All-Region Jazz Band for the third consecutive year,” Assistant Band Director Brock Feller said. “Both Blake and Logan are dedicated members of both the CHS Jazz Band and the Golden Pride. We are excited to see Logan advancing to the Area round of auditions. It would be great to see him named to the All-State Jazz Band.”
Wilson, said he decided immediately to try out when he first heard about the All-Region auditions. He has already made plans to compete again as a junior.
“When I learned about the auditions I thought, ‘why not, it sounds like fun,’” Wilson said. “I was pretty nervous but I’m glad I had the experience. I already plan to audition again next year.”
In addition to his participation in the CHS band program, he plays the keyboard in The Heights Church praise band. While he enjoys all kinds of music, jazz is among his favorites.
“I play the sax—I’m supposed to play jazz,” he said. “I like jazz and listen to it a lot.”
Herring is a four-year member of the Golden Pride and in his second year in jazz band. He also chose to participate in the All-Region audition for the fun of it. He was influenced by 2017 graduate and fellow trombonist Pierre Vivoni, who is now studying music at Baylor University.
“I was just thinking it would be fun to do,” Herring said. “I wanted to follow in Pierre’s footsteps; he was also selected for the All-Region Jazz Band as a senior. I wasn’t expecting to make it—I just wanted to have a good audition with the hopes that my music would sound fun and cool to the judges. It actually worked out really well. I was told I got better as I progressed through my audition performance.”
Herring said the odds of making the All-State Jazz Band are challenging, with only a handful of tenor trombones selected.
“They will only take six trombones, so it’s going to be tough,” he said. “My plan, backed by lots of hard work, is to make state.”
After three years competing for the Jackets in baseball, Herring chose to devote his senior year to music. He believes he’s already seeing the pay off.
“I really enjoy being in the jazz band,” he said. “I feel it has given me a different perspective as a musician. It gives you another dimension of how your instrument can play. This year, I have devoted my attention to music and making it to this level shows me that it’s working.”
Herring has made it to the state level in UIL Solo and Ensemble competitions multiple times and was named to the All-Region Concert Band as a freshman and sophomore. He is also a member of Beta Club, National Spanish Honor Society and Tri M Music Honor Society.
Cleburne High School musicians Logan Herring, left, and Blake Wilson have been named to the All-Region Jazz Band. Herring will participate in the Area round of auditions Wednesday with the opportunity to be selected for the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band.