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Fourteen students make TMEA all-state ensembles

   Pearland ISD recently celebrated students earning places in Texas Music Educators Association all-state performing groups.
   Fourteen Dawson and Pearland high school band and choir students proved practice makes perfect by reaching the highest level possible for Texas music students.
   In mid-February, these all-state students will participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors before performing for thousands of attendees at the annual TMEA state convention.
   Thanks to their hard work and commitment to their craft, these Pearland ISD students achieved the all-state level:
DHS All-State Choir:
  • McKenzie Bahr
  • Jadon Campos
  • Lea Judan
  • Joseph McGee
  • Sofia Licir
PHS All-State Choir:
  • Will Duncan
  • Max Macias
DHS All-State Band:
  • Michaela Branch
PHS All-State Band:
  • Caleb Castro
  • Ben Kauffman
  • Zach Scruggs
  • Jason Steptoe
  • Zoie Reiser
  • Daniel Venglar
   “Making the all-state level is the ultimate achievement for a high school student. I am incredibly happy for these students and for our programs,” Tom Bell, Pearland ISD director of fine arts, said.
   Band directors include DHS’s Ryan Agard and PHS’s Joe Munoz. Roxan Silva directs the DHS Choir, while Michael Kessler leads the PHS Choir.
   Each year, TMEA selects approximately 1,600 students statewide for performance in one of 15 all-state band, orchestra and choir ensembles.
   More than 64,000 students begin the competition through regional auditions, with a select group of highest-ranking performers advancing to area and then to state.