MISSION – Band students from Veterans Memorial High School spent part of their Saturday competing for coveted spots in Texas Music Educator Association All-Region Jazz Bands. Five VMHS students earned top spots in the performing groups, with four of them advancing to the highly competitive area round of competitions.

Paul McCoy Jr., first chair tenor sax; Damian Gonzalez, third chair, trombone; Brandon Salinas, first chair, trumpet; Julio Villarreal, third chair, trumpet and Brandon Pina, second chair, trumpet, all earned top spots in the all-region level.

Additionally, McCoy, Gonzalez, Salinas and Villarreal will advance to the area level of competition in October and compete in the TMEA All-State Jazz Ensembles.