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Sixteen Pearland ISD students make TMEA all-state ensembles

       Pearland Independent School District recently celebrated students earning places in Texas Music Educators Association all-state performing groups.

       Sixteen 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 Clinic/Convention in San Antonio, the nation’s largest music educators convention.

       “Making all-state is the highest achievement a high school music student can attain. It is an indicator that the students not only have received great instruction from their elementary music teachers on up to their current high school directors, but also that they applied themselves to develop their skills to the best of their ability,” Tom Bell, Pearland ISD Director of Fine Arts, said. “I am incredibly proud of these students and of our programs.”

       Thanks to their hard work and commitment to their craft, these Pearland ISD students achieved the all-state level:

       DHS All-State Choir:

  • Jessica Reed
  • Valeria Jimenez
  • Kyle Daquioag
  • Zaccai Campos

       PHS All-State Choir:

  • Carly Paulk
  • Alex Bryan

       DHS All-State Band:

  • Allison Lew
  • Stephen Mao
  • Hantao Jin
  • Eitan Hinojosa
  • James Powers
  • Miguel Gonzales
  • Josh Chen

       PHS All-State Band:

  • Joseph Gonzalez
  • Anthony Macias
  • Katelyn Nguyen

       “When practicing for the competition on their own, the students develop grit, perseverance and discipline. This not only makes every student that participates in the process, regardless of the outcome, a better musician, but also develops habits that the students can then transfer to EVERY aspect of their academic and personal lives,” Bell said.

       Band directors include DHS’s Aaron Brown and PHS’s Ken Brown (interim). Roxan Silva directs the DHS Choir, while Michael Kessler leads the PHS Choir.

       Each year, TMEA selects approximately 1,800 students statewide for performance in one of 15 all-state band, orchestra and choir ensembles. Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

       More than 70,000 students begin the competition through regional auditions, with a select group of highest-ranking performers advancing to area and then to state.