The University of Texas System Board of Regents awarded its Outstanding Student Award in arts and humanities to five trumpet-playing Miners – Jacob J. Aun, Elijah I. Ontiveros, Juan P. Palacios, Isaac Ponce and Paul Reid – in the Group Performance category in spring 2018.
The quintet won for its performance of “Voice of the Prophets,” an original piece composed for the group by UTEP alumnus Eddie Lewis. The students will divide the $2,500 prize.
“To win one of these awards is truly a remarkable accomplishment,” wrote Regents’ chairman Sara Martinez Tucker in an acknowledgment letter also signed by UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven.
The surprised students said that the recognition generated a sense of accomplishment.
“It made me proud of the fact that as a group we achieved something this great by just going out and having fun doing what we love to do,” said Palacios, the group’s lone senior.
Steve Wilson, DMA, chair of the Department of Music, said this honor recognizes the level of talent and commitment among UTEP students.
It is the first time that a music ensemble from an institution other than UT Austin has won in this category. - Daniel Perez