Melissa High School sophomore Jack Greer was recently named Second Chair Alto Saxophone by the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) for Region 24 Jazz Band. He is the first Melissa student to ever audition for and be selected by the ATSSB.
The ATSSB holds auditions each year in search of the best Jazz musicians in the region. Those selected then audition at the state level.
Greer auditioned for regionals with ATSSB on Saturday in front of a covered panel of four judges, where he performed three assigned pieces, in addition to a surprise background track to which he had to improv play.
“I was sort of confident, but I was pretty nervous,” Greer said of the improv audition. “I only just started playing Jazz a few months ago. My private teacher helped me out. He gave me tracks to practice with and I worked at coming up with good ideas.”
That same day of his regional audition, Greer found out that he was selected at the regional level, and he auditioned for the state level. He will find out this November if he made the ATSSB State Jazz Band. If selected, he will travel to San Antonio to perform at the renowned Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) Convention.
Greer has played the saxophone for four years, since joining the Melissa Band program in sixth grade. He also plays on the offensive line for Junior Varsity Cardinal Football. He plans to stay involved in both band and football throughout his high school career.
Greer’s next big project is competing in Classical Concert All Region Band.
Join us in congratulating Greer on this accomplishment!
Media Contact: Maddie Coe, Community Relations