Members of the Dragon Band, Jazz and Choir will perform with the Texas All-State in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio as part of the 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. All five students were chosen for this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region and Area levels.
Holly Rosenberg (pictured left), a member of the Carroll Senior High Wind Ensemble and under the direction of Ron Behrends will perform with the Texas All-State Band or Orchestra depending on her chair place on February 9th. This will be Holly’s first time to make the All-State Band on Piccolo. Holly is a student of Christine Cleary. She is the daughter of Debbie and Norman Rosenberg.
Brice Thomas (pictured right), a member of the Carroll Senior High Wind Ensemble and under the direction of Ron Behrends will perform with the Texas All-State Band or Orchestra depending on his chair placement in February. This will be his fourth year to make it to the State level making it every year on Tuba. This is a tremendous accomplishment as only 3 Tubas make it out of the Area competition each year. Brice is the first student to make 5A All-State every year for Carroll. He is a student of Ed Jones of the Fort Worth Symphony. Brice plans on majoring in music performance at the next level. He is the son of Diane and Mike Thomas.
Taylor White (pictured left), a member of the Carroll Senior High School Jazz Band will perform with the Texas All-State Jazz Band and is in the Trumpet section. Taylor White is a student of Jerry Hull and plays at school under the direction of David Lown who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 10,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Taylor’s third time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Taylor is the son of Holly and Brad White. Taylor made the All-State Choir his freshman year, and last year Taylor made the All-State Band on Trumpet.
Paige Stinnett and J.D. Montgomery, members of the Carroll Sr. High’s Varsity Mixed Choir will perform with the Texas All-State Choir. Paige is a student of LouAnn Fisher and Teresa Siminski. The students sing at school under the direction of Chris Hutchison who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 10,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is both Paige and J.D.’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Paige is the daughter of Sarah and Reid Stinnett. J.D.is the son of Linda and James Montgomery.
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2010 to arrive at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Over 1,500 students are selected through a process that began with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 13 ensembles (bands, orchestras and choirs). Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 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 seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group.
These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to www.tmea.org/convention.
The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Go to www.tmea.org/convention for more information.