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10 DISD Students Selected to TMEA All-State Band, Choir, & Orchestra

Denton ISD is proud to announce that 10 DISD high school students have been selected to perform with the Texas All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra in San Antonio, Saturday, February 11, 2023, at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2023 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.

Braswell Band
Arianna Shepherd, 3rd Chair Trumpet, All-State Jazz Ensemble II
Denton Band
Caleb Harold, 6th Chair F Horn, All-State Sinfonietta Orchestra
Leo Illari, 2nd Chair Trombone, All-State Sinfonietta Orchestra
Guyer Band
Cale Golden, 5th Chair Bb Clarinet, All-State 6A Concert Band
Guyer Choir
Aiden Daniels, Bass 1, All-State Tenor-Bass Choir
Maxwell Douglas, Bass 2, All-State Mixed Choir
Ryan Choir
Favour Ayeni, Alto 2, All-State Treble Choir
Jack Bowman, Tenor 2, All-State Tenor-Bass Choir
Guyer Orchestra
Celine Cho, Violin 1, All-State Philharmonic Orchestra
Audrey Lee, Violin 1, All-State Philharmonic Orchestra

These students were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Denton ISD's music directors are members of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 14,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin.


High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,875 students are selected through a process that began with over 70,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 18 ensembles.


The Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.


These All-State students participate in four days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close. For the All-State concert and conductor information, go to the Performances section of


Founded in 1921, Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 14,000 members dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Go to for more information.