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Hard work pays off: Band students take part in TFME convention
By Beverly Cockrell
CORRIGAN – After several successful fundraisers, Corrigan- Camden's High School Chapter of Texas Future Music Educators raised enough money to attend the TFME Annual Convention this month in San Antonio, Feburary 8 – 11. "A great big 'thank you' to everyone who helped make this trip possible. It was for a good cause," stated C-CISD Band Director Ronald Byers. "With help from the community, we made over $2,500 through fundraising." "I was so proud to take students to the convention and for them to be able see and hear Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. They were unaware that he has been teaching them since their very first note. He wrote "the book" that the vast majority of Texas band students use ("Essential Elements"). The things he said to our students and taught our students is indicative of a master teacher to be emulated," commented Byers. C-CHS students making the trip were seniors Vanessa Tubbs, Angel Martinez, Philip Murphy, Earl Howell, and Ricky Martinez along with junior Shelby Walker and sophomore David Thompson. Chaperones for the trip were Jessica James and Patricia Perez. The Texas Future Music Educators was founded in 2004 to aid those students interested in careers in music education. According to the TFME website, "The purpose of the chapters is for members to provide service to their school music programs and to prepare for entry into college music programs. Members explore the possibility of becoming a college music education major." (https://www.tmea.org/programs/tfme). The group stayed at the Historic Menger Hotel which "reigns as the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi." Once a gathering spot of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, the Menger was a special treat for the students of Deep East Texas despite rumors the place is haunted! Byers confirmed that he had "checked all rooms for ghosts." C-CHS senior student Philip Murphy stated that he "had a great time." Murphy also said "I wish we could all go again. It helped us a great deal through new experiences and meeting new people who share a common love of music." "A lot of the concerts were inspiring and made me want to go to college and play," said senior Earl Howell. Junior Shelby Walker commented that she "got to speak to a lot of college representatives especially those from schools I am considering attending such as the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Sam Houston State University." Perhaps C-CHS senior student Earl Howell said it best when he commented, "Music is life."