Daniel Guzman and Logan Bachman have been selected as all-state jazz band members for the 2023-2024 school year.
The pair of New Braunfels High School Mighty Unicorn Band members auditioned twice for the opportunity to be named to the all-state jazz band along with hundreds of other band members from across the state. The audition process included an in-person audition and one that was recorded over the past few months. The announcement of the all-state jazz band was announced just before Thanksgiving.
Guzman is a senior who plays the trumpet, while Bachman is a junior who plays jazz guitar. Both are members in the marching band and have been members of the concert band.
Auditions for All-State Jazz begins each fall across Texas with the best high school band students selected to rehearse and perform during the annual Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in February at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
“This was my goal for high school band,” Guzman said of earning the all state jazz band nod. “I am passionate about jazz, so this was really exciting for me.”
He previously had been all state in concert band, and he also plays trumpet in marching band. Guzman will be on stage with other top band members from around the state during the TMEA Clinic, and he said he can’t wait.
“Having the opportunity to play with a band that good is just awesome,” he said. “I am just so excited.”
Bachman said he too was excited when he found out that he had made the all-state jazz band as an alternate. He placed third in the state in jazz guitar.
“I really just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It was such stiff competition, and it made me really proud.”
Bachman said the entire process of the jazz band has helped him grow as a musician and a band member. The process can be grueling and the band students put a lot of hard work and audition into these auditions. The auditions require the students to be self-motivated as many hours are put into practicing outside of school.
Despite all of the hard work, both Guzman and Bachman said the reward is well worth it in the end.
“I just really can’t wait to be on stage and hear everybody,” Guzman added.