A Montwood High School student has been named an All-State Musician by the Texas Music Educators Association for the fourth year in a row.
Guillermo Lopez, a senior at the school, was selected as first chair bass in the All-State Jazz Band. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive, according to the TMEA website.
“I’m astounded to have been recognized as an All-State Musician by TMEA,” Lopez said. “This really encourages me to continue my musical career at the University of North Texas where I will do my best to perform with their top ensembles.”
The young bass player has earned a spot in the All-State Jazz band every year since his freshman year at Montwood. In addition, he also qualified for the All-Region band on tuba this season.
“To make all state is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Janet Lynch, instrumental music specialist in the SISD fine arts department. “To earn this honor for four years in a row is a really big deal! We are all very proud of him!”
Lopez was selected through a rigorous process that began with him competing against five top musicians from the region who were contending for the honor. He was one of two students that advanced to the area competition where he competed against 25 other bass players from eight regions. Lopez was then judged at the TMEA area competitions where he placed as the highest-ranking jazz bass musician.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Guillermo’s achievements,” said Beto Perez, band director at Montwood High School. “His dedication to his instrument is a true inspiration to young musicians. He has a natural ability for music and is constantly refining his craft by diligently practicing. I am excited to see where music can take him if he decides to follow it as a career.”
Lopez will be recognized at the annual state TMEA convention on February 17, in San Antonio, where he will perform in front of thousands of event attendees.