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Music Student and Clarinetist Joel Hernandez Wins Statewide TCCBDA Concerto Competition

Article by: Michael `Bratten

It’s like scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl. Joel Hernandez, Del Mar College (DMC) student and principal clarinetist in the DMC Wind Ensemble, was recently named the winner of the annual concerto competition held by the Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA).


This is a monumental accomplishment for any student at any college or university who is studying music. It’s also the result of countless hours of practice and mentoring from his studio teacher, Professor Bill Lipman.
Dr. Abel Saldivar Ramirez, Associate Professor of Music

Hernandez will also serve as the featured guest soloist during the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association/TCCBDA All-State Concerts scheduled in February at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio.

In addition, six other students from the DMC Music Department earned positions in the 2020 TCCBDA All State Symphonic Band: Ben Camareno (trombone); Gerald Espejo (clarinet); Oscar Galvan (bass trombone); Eric Heatherley (oboe); Manuel Jasso (French horn); and Joseph Salinas (euphonium).

The students’ music for the competition was recorded and submitted to the TCCBDA, Ramirez added, and this was a collaborative and extensive audition process that involved all areas of the DMC Music Department, such as the Sound Recording Technology studio under the guidance of Professor Paul Bissell, DMA, as well as private recording studios.


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