window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-29484371-30');
Tuesday , January 21 2020
High Desert 728
ENTERPRISE 728
STEP 728
Bordertown Undergroun Show 728
Rugby Coming Soon 728
West Texas Test Drive 728
Amy’s Ambassadorship
EPCON_2020 728
Utep Football Generic 728
Mountains 728
Darrington Park 728
Rhinos 2019/2020 728
Home | News | Socorro ISD jazz band students win Dave Koz scholarship, all-state honor
Sebastian Ortega (lf) and Juan Lara (rt)

Socorro ISD jazz band students win Dave Koz scholarship, all-state honor

Two jazz band students in the Socorro Independent School District earned top honors recently for their outstanding performances and their overall excellence as musicians.

Sebastian Ortega, a senior at Americas High School, won the Dave Koz scholarship provided by the El Paso Community Foundation. He was selected for his talent and dedication to jazz, his outstanding performance on saxophone, clarinet and piano, and his academic standing.

“Everyone here at Americas has been so helpful, so I am really thankful to them for all the support they’ve given me throughout my four years,” Ortega said. “Since all the way back to middle school, my teacher Ms. Lynch would encourage me. She would tell me I had what it takes and to pursue my passions.”

Ortega will have the opportunity to meet renowned jazz musician Dave Koz and be recognized on stage at the upcoming Dave Koz Christmas concert at the Plaza Theater.

Pebble Hills High School junior and baritone saxophone player Juan Lara earned a prestigious spot on the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble. He was one of hundreds of students statewide who auditioned for the ensemble.

Lara earned first place regionally and second place in the statewide audition. He said the honor is a result of continuous hard work, which he has strived for over several years.

“Making the state ensemble is a goal I’ve had since starting high school,” Lara said.

He will play with the All-State Jazz Ensemble at a concert at the Texas Music Educators Association conference in February in San Antonio.

About Staff Report

Staff Reports are just that, Staff Reporting the news. No skew, no opinion just the news. We pride ourselves on making sure that we bring you the news as soon as it is published, submitted or sent to us. No need to have a reporter rewrite or give their opinion. The facts or information, nothing more.

Check Also

TTUHSC El Paso, UTEP team up for International Space Station Research

Biomedical research scientists from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and The University …

Amy’s Ambassadorship
Utep Football Generic 728
Bordertown Undergroun Show 728
Rugby Coming Soon 728
Darrington Park 728
EPCON_2020 728
West Texas Test Drive 728
Rhinos 2019/2020 728
ENTERPRISE 728
High Desert 728
STEP 728
Mountains 728