Mustangs own state's top trumpet


Madisonville band member Jonathan Palomino earned first chair in the Association of Texas Small School Bands 4A All-State band and performed in a concert in San Antonio on Saturday.

Palomino was one of approximately 1,200 students from around the state who attended the All-State clinic this week. The students had to audition for chair positions in a Saturday concert that was held at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. Palomino's audition for a chair in the 4A All-State Symphonic band came on Wednesday and he received the tremendous results.

"It was a great accomplishment just to be part of the All-State band, but to place first is outstanding," said Madisonville head band director Stephanie Schmidt. "It's such an honor to have the highest scoring trumpet in the state for 4A in our Mustang program."

Palomino was the first of 20 other trumpeters selected to perform on Saturday. He performed a solo in one of the songs that was performed at the concert.