High school musicians named to TMEA All-State Jazz Ensembles


Three Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District students now belong to a prestigious group of Texas musicians.

Performing at the highest level, Israel Yanez and Josue Ayala from Harlingen High School and Ryan Mowers from Harlingen High School South, earned positions in the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-State Jazz Ensembles.

Only the highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in the TMEA All-State music groups.

Drum instrumentalist, Yanez (Jazz Ensemble 1) and Ayala (Jazz Ensemble 2), earned 2nd chairs in their respective ensembles. Mowers, earned 6th chair and will be performing lead trumpet in Jazz Ensemble 2.

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 2015 TMEA All-State Jazz Bands at the annual TMEA Convention in San Antonio on February 10-13, 2016.

Less than 2.5 percent of all music students in the state ever reach this level of achievement.

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