Granbury High School students Ian Cone, Paige Quillen, and Andrew Walters qualified for All-State ensembles of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) during recent area auditions on January 12, 2019.
Cone and Quillen, both French horn players, will select among various state bands and orchestras at the beginning of the 2019 TMEA Clinic/Convention. Cone, a GHS senior, qualified for Class 6A ensembles, while Quillen, a junior, will perform in one of the Class 5A groups. They are pictured with band director Mark Eastin.
A senior, Walters will perform with the All-State Mixed Choir. He will be seated in fourth chair among Bass 1 singers.
Both Cone and Walters have previously qualified for the state ensembles. This marks Walters’ third appearance; he was in the All-State Men’s Choir in 2016 as a freshman and in the mixed chorus last year. Cone performed in the All-State Symphonic Band in 2017 as a sophomore.
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 16 during the state convention 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, Bailey Carlton, Alyssa Garcia, Mikayla Hamilton, Luke Mankowski; choir – Adam Stone.