Earning positions in the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-State Jazz Ensembles were Harlingen High School students Aaron Zapata (Baritone Sax) and Abel Garza (Trombone) as well as Xavier Esparza (Trombone) from Harlingen High School South.
Only the highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in the TMEA All-State music groups.
The students competed against high school musicians from all across the state in a ‘blind’ recorded audition. The students will rehearse and perform with the TMEA All-State Jazz Bands at the annual TMEA Convention in San Antonio on Feb. 14-17, 2018.
Less than 2.5 percent of all music students in the state ever reach this level of achievement.