High-school musicians named to TMEA All-State ensembles


Select high-school students from the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District music programs recently received one of the highest honors a music student can achieve – to be recognized among the best in the state of Texas.

Eight HCISD students earned spots on the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association All-State ensembles. To qualify for All-State ensembles, students went through a series of audition rounds, in which their musical skills were put to the test and as each level of auditions increased so did the difficulty and competition.

Over 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles including bands, orchestras, and choirs. As a result of their All-State qualification, selected HCISD students will travel to San Antonio to participate in the TMEA Convention/Clinic on February 8-11.

During the convention, students will participate in three days of intense rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors, and they will perform before thousands of attendees to bring the event to a close.

TMEA All-State Concerts will be held Saturday, February 11, in the in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

The full results are as follows:

Harlingen High School All-State Jazz
Josue Ayala – Senior – Jazz Ensemble 1, 1st Chair, Baritone Saxophone

Harlingen High School All-State Band
Abel Garza – Junior – 6A All-State, 1st Chair, Tenor Trombone
Joe Gonzalez – Senior – 6A All-State, 2nd Chair, Euphonium
Aaron Zapata – Junior – 6A All-State, 1st Chair, Baritone Saxophone

Harlingen High School All-State Choir
Victoria Monroy – Senior – Mixed Choir, 1st Chair, Alto 2

Harlingen High School South All-State Choir
Jordi Mendoza – Senior – Tenor Bass Choir, 4th Chair, Bass 2
Julia Bender – Senior – Treble Choir, 4th Chair, Alto 1

Harlingen High School All-State Orchestra
Matthew Garcia – Sophomore (HSHP) – Philharmonic Orchestra, 33rd Chair, Viola

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