Granbury High School senior Zach Morgan qualified for one of the All-State bands of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) for the second straight year during auditions Saturday in Midland.
By advancing to the state ensembles last year, Morgan became the first GHS student to qualify for the state instrumental groups since 1994, according to band director Mark Eastin.
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Morgan was chosen through a 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 28 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 bands will perform on Saturday, Feb. 16, during the 2013 TMEA Clinic/Convention to be held 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.
In 2012, Morgan selected to perform with the TMEA Symphony Orchestra – a top ensemble comprised mainly of Class 5A instrumental musicians. His placement in the ensembles this year will be determined following a final audition in San Antonio.
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