CFISD Student of the Week: James Sowell

August 31, 2015


James Sowell

Aug. 31, 2015—Cypress Ranch High School senior James Sowell lives and breathes band, whether it’s ranking among the state’s elite in woodwinds, playing with the jazz band or playing with the pep band at Mustang football games. A student of musical styles, Sowell has already been accepted to Lamar University. He hopes to pursue a career as a band director after college.

School: Cypress Ranch High School

Age: 18

Grade: 12

Accomplishments: Top seven on state band rosters for fourth time on three woodwinds: 2015 - No. 7 on contra bassoon (TMEA), 2014 – No. 6 on jazz tenor sax (ATSSB); 2014 – No. 6 on bassoon (ATSSB) and 2013 – No. 5 on bassoon (ATSSB); eight-time all-region band member; four-time area band member; all-state band member, plus 1st, 2nd and 4th alternate (with three instruments); nine hours of dual credit completed in 11th grade, with six more in 12th grade; TSI college readiness completed; and accepted at Lamar University, with applications pending at Texas State and University of Houston.

Favorite class: Jazz band / pep band.

Favorite things to do after class: Jazz band.

Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory. “It’s hilarious and nerdy.”

Favorite movie: Blazing Saddles

Ambition: “I want to be a band director, specializing in woodwinds jazz.”

What topics/things are you passionate about? Music styles and excellence in performance.

What inspires you? Filling up the résumé and impressing college professors.

What three things can’t you live without? My car, food and band.

What are you most looking forward to this semester? Pep band at football games.

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