RED OAK — Two members of the Red Oak High School band were recently named to the all-state band.
Juniors Caleb Cox and Matt Davis achieved the honor and recently performed with the all-state band in San Antonio.
Cox, the 16-year-old son of Randy and Karla Cox, plays the trumpet and was named first chair.
“I am very proud to be named to all-state for the first time,” he said.
During his free time, of which he has little because of homework and band practice, Cox said he likes to “just do nothing” and relax and watch television.
Cox has been in the band since he was in the sixth grade. He became interested in band because his sister was a band member and he said he followed in her footsteps.
After graduation from high school Cox plans on attending college, majoring in music education or band performance. He is undecided on the college, but is leaning toward Baylor University.
Davis, the 17-year-old son of Terry and Alesa Davis, received fifth chair honors at the state competition. He plays the euphonium and has been in the band since the sixth grade.
When he isn’t busy and has some spare time, Davis said he likes to relax, play computer games or hang out with friends.
Davis followed an older sister into band and said participants have to be dedicated.
“I’ve always wanted to be in the marching band. I believe being in the band is hard work, not physical, but mental,” he said.
Following graduation, Davis plans on majoring in history or music. If he chooses music he is leaning toward Hardin Simmons University, Baylor University or Texas Christian University. Rice University or Texas A&M are his choices if he majors in history.
Richard Thomas, Red Oak High School band director, is proud of the accomplishments of Cox and Davis.
“Less than 2 percent of the tens of thousands of band and choir members each year make all-state,” he said.
Thomas enjoys seeing his band members succeed.
“Personally, this year, when we got the results I was devastated because I know some students who I think should have been named all state,” he said.
“We shed lots of tears around here when the ones who played very well didn’t make it,” he said.
He describes both young men who did achieve all-state status as polite, respectful young men who are good scholars.
“All the superlatives you have can be used for them. They have gone from good players to great players,” he said.
At the state competition there is a competition of all who were named all-state to determine their chair placement.
“Out of the 21 trumpet players in the state that made all state, Caleb was ranked No. 1 in that test,” Thomas said, saying he was pleased with Davis’ selection to all-state because he had just recovered from the flu.
“Matt had been sick and I didn’t think he would make it to the competition but he did perform and did an outstanding job,” he said.
With both musicians returning next year, Thomas said he is excited.
“I love them both and I am glad I will have them back for another year. I will hate to lose them when they graduate,” he said.