Texas Panhandle students make all-state bands

Texas Panhandle students make all-state bands
Texas Panhandle students make all-state bands
nThe Texas Music Educators state gathering this week is the highest honor a Texas music student can earn.

“The convention represents the top 3 percent in the state,” said Ginger Denney, Randall High School band director. “I think 13 from our region is a record. A couple of years ago, we only had three. Last year, we had 11 and were ecstatic. Thirteen is amazing from our region.”

According to the TMEA website, more than 68,000 music students began the process of competing for the all-state bands, choirs and orchestras. In the band competition, class distinctions aren’t as firm as in sports.

“You can move up, but not down,” Denney said. “If a Class 4A kid wants to try 6A, they can.”

Amarillo High’s Bill Chen (clarinet), Daniel Soya (French horn) and Charles Johnson (bass trombone); Canyon High’s Braden Levre (saxophone) and Randall’s Emily Boschen (flute) chose to audition for 6A and will join Tascosa trumpeter Joseph Williams in the largest-school classification’s all-state band.

The Texas Panhandle will also be well-represented in the Class 5A symphonic all-state band.

Palo Duro’s Kerry Kilpatrick (bass clarinet) will represent the Dons. Dumas’ Cristian Ramirez (clarinet) and Meghan Brooks (bassoon) give the region three woodwinds.

Randall’s Rayvn Denning (French horn) and Amarillo High’s Katelyn Seymour (tuba) and Samuel Burks (euphonium) also earned all-state chairs, along with percussionist Caleb Mason of Randall.

Amarillo High junior Mackenzie Nies, who is also the youngest member of the Amarillo Symphony, is the lone representative in the orchestra. The violinist earned her second all-state recognition this year and will participate in the TMEA state performances.

Nine Texas Panhandle small-school musicians earned all-state TMEA participation for Thursday through Saturday’s rehearsals and performances under nationally known clinicians.

Lila Trayler (Stratford, flute), Brenna Hinshaw (West Texas High, clarinet), Jose Garcia (Memphis, percussion), Jacob Roberts (Tulia), Caleb Baumert (Dalhart, clarinet), Byanca Varela (Spearman, bass clarinet), Angel Almanza (Borger, trumpet) and the Bushland duo of Hannah Humpherys (horn) and Trace Bails (trombone) will perform in San Antonio.

Jose Cordero, a member of the Lutheran High North Concert Band, will perform with the Texas All-State ATSSB Band in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Jose plays at school under the direction of Laura Molitor who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin.

This is Jose’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Jose is the son of Jose Cordero and Yamileth Bobby.

Students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,780 students are selected through a process that begins with over 70,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles. Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part.

From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group.

Only the top 2.5 percent musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians. These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Convention.

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