3 Tiger Pride Band members moving on to next level

Jay Hinton
Glen Rose Reporter
From left, Laney Whitefield, Garret Davis and Jesse Ramirez sign at their respective schools during the Tiger Pride Band Fine Arts Signing Day last week.

GLEN ROSE — Sending graduating seniors on to perform at the next level is nothing new to the Tiger Pride Band.

“At one point, there were 24 students performing in college music ensembles across the country at the same time,” Glen Rose Tiger Pride Band Director Ray Portillo said. “A couple of years ago, we decided to honor seniors going on to perform at the college level by creating a Fine Arts Signing Day.”

Last week, at the Fine Arts Signing Day, Laney Whitefield, Garret Davis and Jesse Ramirez added their names to the list on signing day.

“This program is fortunate to have outstanding support from the administration, the school district and the community of Glen Rose,” Portillo said. “We hope to create lifelong performers and supporters of music performance and education.”

In April, Whitefield tried out for the Texas Tech Twirlers and made the team.

“The band program has allowed Laney to continue her path in twirling and support her in UIL competitions, where she has made it to the UIL State Solo Contest four times,” Portillo said. “She did an outstanding job adding a new dimension to our marching show this past fall.”

Davis plays trombone and was one of the Tiger Pride Band’s drum majors. He will be attending Texas A&M.

“Garret was a great example to our band members that also participate in other activities,” Portillo said. “Not only was he a member of the varsity football team, he led the band onto the field every Friday night during halftime. His leadership has helped the band to reach our expectations and to raise the bar another level.”

Ramirez, a trumpet player and section leader last year, will be attending Berklee College of Music in Boston.

“Getting to observe Jesse work with the trumpets this year gave me the opportunity to see some of his outstanding qualities as a leader,” Portillo said. “He is definitely going to make an impact in music. His passion to perform and his patience to teach will be missed in our program.”

Ramirez also received the John Philip Sousa Award this year for his musicianship and leadership, Portillo said.