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January 11, 2016
Granbury High School students Lauren Boleng and Aaron Morgan qualified for one of the All-State bands of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) during auditions held January 9, 2016, in Midland.
Boleng, a sophomore flute player, and Morgan, a senior tuba player, will select among various state bands and orchestras at the beginning of the 2016 TMEA Clinic/Convention. The students both qualified to perform with ensembles featuring mainly Class 6A students.
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Boleng and Morgan were chosen through a competitive process involving auditions held this school year throughout the state. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group advances from each of the twenty-eight regions to compete against others in seven area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians are selected for the state ensembles from among the 55,000 band, choir, and orchestra students that initially entered the multi-level musical competition.
The All-State bands will perform on Saturday, February 13 during the state convention to be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The students in the state ensembles participate in three days of rehearsals by nationally-recognized conductors. Their performances before thousands of attendees bring the convention to a close.
Other GHS band members auditioning during the Area B tryouts were Reece Ahler, Melaine Boleng, Ian Cone, Reagan Hall, Kalvin Hughes, Mallory Irish, and Brennan Ross. They advanced during the region competition in December.
The All-Region Band clinic and concert will be held January 29-30 at Centennial High School. The region orchestra will hold its events on January 15-16 at Fort Worth Paschal High School.  

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