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Thirteen Socorro Independent School District band and choir students were named 2020 Texas Music Educators Association All-State musicians.
Being named to the TMEA state groups is a highly competitive process that begins with more than 60,000 students statewide who audition at their regional level.
The top five percent advance to the area round. Then, students are selected to advance to the state level, representing the top two percent of the musicians who began at the initial audition.
Pebble Hills High School band director Maximo Sierra said the auditions are challenging opportunities that help his students grow and become successful. The five band members and one choir member from Pebble Hills are sophomores and juniors, which is a notable accomplishment for these students to earn the honor before their senior year.
“This is very important for the future and culture of Pebble Hills High School,” Sierra said.
At the TMEA convention, the highest-ranking musicians will perform in one of 15 Texas All-State band, orchestra or choir ensembles.
The students will work with nationally recognized music conductors and perform before thousands of attendees at the end of the convention.
“I am definitely going to cherish this moment,” said junior choir student Ariah Labrado from Eastlake High School. “I’ve been trying to make it to state since my freshmen year, and last year I missed it by one chair.”
This year’s SISD All-State musicians are Ivan Sanchez, band, and Regina Hernandez, choir, from Americas High School; Raul Romero, choir, and Juan Ramon-Lara, Diego Antonio Sanchez, Osvaldo Rubio, Santana Angel Rojas and Angel Santiago Miramontes, all in band, from Pebble Hills High School; Abigail Talavera and Ariah Labrado, both in choir, from Eastlake High School; Robert John Harris, band, from El Dorado High School; Andrew Steven Arciniega and Jesse Hernandez, both in band, from Socorro High School.
They will have the opportunity to perform with the state band and choir ensembles Feb. 12-15 in San Antonio as part of the 2020 TMEA Centennial Celebration Clinic/Convention.