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Seven district students selected for TMEA All-State band, choir, orchestra

Seven Denton ISD musicians have been honored as the recipients of All-State honors for the 2020-2021 school year by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). TMEA is an organization of more than 12,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education.

This year’s audition process was different. In previous years, the process for selecting All-State performers would consist of an in-person audition where TMEA members select the best musicians within their respective groups: band, choir, orchestra and jazz ensemble.

This year, students did not perform live in front of other competitors or judges due to the pandemic. Students were required to record and submit their auditions online for each of the three rounds: Region, Area, and State. Auditions were then scored by a panel of judges.

In preparation for the online competition, students had to take private lessons virtually (rather than in person) with their private lesson teachers.

Student musicians made the most of the challenges this year. We would like to commend our students who partook in the audition process and recognize those who achieved musical honors. For the 2020-21 school year, an unfortunate byproduct of the pandemic is that students who made TMEA All-State and All-Region did not have the opportunity to perform in concert live as is typically customary. 

Here are the Denton ISD students named to the highest musical honor in Texas, along with their instructors:

Denton High Jazz Ensemble:

Matthew Garcia, All-State Jazz Ensemble, Tenor Saxophone
~Jesse Woolery, Lab Band Director
~Emilio Mesa, Denton ISD Saxophone Private Instructor

Guyer High Choir:

Aiden Daniels, All-State Tenor/Bass Choir, Tenor
Luke Knittle, All-State Mixed Choir, Bass
Jasmine Labelle, All-State Treble Choir, Alto
~Katherine Engle, Director
~Tyler Fox, Assistant Director

Guyer High Orchestra:

Christian Luevano, All-State Symphony Orchestra, String Bass
~Michelle Hanlon, Director
~Jeremy Atkins, Assistant Director

Ryan High Band:

Alex Howell, 5A All-State Band, Percussionist
~Dr. Akira Robles, Percussion Director

Gabriel Williams, 5A All-State Band, Bass Trombonist
~Mary Brown, Director
~Juan Nunez, Assistant Director