Granbury High School band student Ian Cone performed with All-State ensembles
to close the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) state conference at the
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on February 11, 2017.
sophomore, sat ninth chair among French horn players in the All-State Symphonic
Band. The ensemble, which was composed primarily of students from Class 6A high
schools, was under the direction of Kevin Sedatole, director of bands and music
professor at Michigan State University.
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. The seven students were chosen through a
competitive process involving several levels of 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.
Only five hundred are selected for the state ensembles from among almost
60,000 band, choir, and orchestra students that initially entered the
multi-level musical competition.
Cone is pictured above: top - with composer John Mackey, who wrote "Wine-Dark Sea" performed by the state ensemble; bottom - with Acton Middle School band director John
Morgan (left) and GHS band director Mark Eastin.