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January 19, 2018


Lauren Boleng Andrew Walters
Boleng Walters


Granbury High School students Lauren Boleng and Andrew Walters qualified for All-State ensembles of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) during recent area auditions on January 13, 2018.


Boleng, a flute player, will select among various state bands and orchestras at the beginning of the 2017 TMEA Clinic/Convention.  The GHS senior qualified for Class 6A ensembles.


Walters, a junior, will perform with the All-State Mixed Choir.  He will be seated in second chair among Bass 1 singers.


Both students are returning to the All-State ranks after qualifying in 2016, when Boleng was a sophomore and Walters was a freshman.


All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.  The GHS students 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 groups will perform on Saturday, February 17 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.


Also competing at the area auditions were: band – Megan Bednarz, Melanie Boleng, Ian Cone, Mikayla Hamilton, Alex Inbody, Mallory Irish, Bethany Pavelick, Leslie Price; choir – Kaitlyn Bailey, Garrin Brassie.