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January 11, 2017
Ian Cone Granbury High School sophomore Ian Cone qualified for one of the All-State bands of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) during auditions held January 7, 2017, in Coppell.
Cone, a French horn player, will select among various state bands and orchestras at the beginning of the 2017 TMEA Clinic/Convention.  The GHS sophomore qualified for Class 6A ensembles.
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 11 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 Lauren Boleng and Janessa Mendoza.  They advanced during the region competition in December.
Qualifying for the high school region band were:  
  • Class 6A Symphonic Band:  Lauren Boleng, flute; Ian Cone, French horn
  • Class 6A Concert Band:  Melanie Boleng, clarinet; Leslie Price, alto clarinet
  • Class 5A Symphonic Band:  Janessa Mendoza, contra bass clarinet
  • Class 5A Concert Band:  Kyla Asante-Wiredu, percussion; Anna Christy, clarinet; Alyssa Garcia, trumpet; Bailey McCall, flute; Emily Tipton, flute
  • 9th Grade Band:  Bailey Carlton, flute; Jackson Griffith, trombone; Amerson Myers, percussion
The All-Region Band clinic and concert will be held January 13-14 at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School.