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High school band students achieve prestigious individual honors

Three EMS ISD high school bands students were selected to perform in the Texas 5A All-State Band as part of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) convention in San Antonio on February 15. One student was selected to perform in a national ensemble, Honor Band of America, as part of the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 14.


TMEA All-State Band

Band students were selected for the TMEA All-State Band, to perform during the TMEA convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, through a competitive process of auditions held across the state at the District, Regional, and Area levels. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive with 1,795 students selected to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs) from a process that began with more than 66,800 students from around the state. Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

Individual musicians from 33 Regions 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 Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians from Area qualify to perform in the All-State ensembles in front of thousands of TMEA Convention attendees and participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors. TMEA is the nation's largest music educators convention with more than 30,000 attendees from Texas and around the world.

BHS student Jason Lunsford performs a saxophone solo at a band concert.

Jason Lunsford - Boswell High School

Boswell High School saxophonist Jason Lunsford will perform in the All-State Symphonic Band. Lunsford is the principal saxophone in Boswell's Varsity Wind Ensemble and Varsity Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Kevin Fallon, Jesus Bermeo, and Stuart Spoon. This will be Lunsford's first time to perform as a member of the All-State organization. He is the son of Larry and Assumpta Lunsford. 

Chisholm Trail band students Ben Simmons and Christian Lackey pose for a picture in the hallway.

Ben Simmons - Chisholm Trail High School

Chisholm Trail High School clarinetist Ben Simmons will perform in the All-State Band. Simmons is in Chisholm Trail's band under the direction of Derrick Doyle, Emily Rovers, and Ryan Miller. This is Simmons' second year in a row to make the All-State Band. He is the son of Chad and Lisa Simmons.  

Christian Lackey - Chisholm Trail High School

Chisholm Trail High School clarinetist Christian Lackey will perform in the All-State Band. Lackey is in Chisholm Trail's band under the direction of Derrick Doyle, Emily Rovers, and Ryan Miller. Lackey was a Chisholm Trail drum major for the 2019 marching season. This is Lackey's first time to perform in the All-State band. He is the son of Charles and Sanfe Lackey. 


Honor Band of America

The Honor Band of America is one of three national honor ensembles that are a part of the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Ind., and will perform as the final concert on the last evening of the Festival before a sold-out house. Students were selected for the ensemble through a competitive audition process where they submitted video recordings of themselves performing two excerpts of their own choosing. Students were encouraged to perform an excerpt that showcased technique and range, as well as an excerpt that showcased expressive and lyrical qualities.  

The Music for All National Festival brings together America’s outstanding scholastic music ensembles to perform for each other and receive feedback from a national-renowned panel of music educators and conductors.

Chisholm Trail student Coleman Kading poses for a picture wearing a letteman jacket and holding his saxophone.

Coleman Kading - Chisholm Trail High School

Chisholm Trail High School saxophonist Coleman Kading will perform in the Honor Band of America. The band will work with a renowned conductor. This year, it is Colonel Timothy J. Holtan, director of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” Typically, there are only four alto saxophones selected. Kading is in Chisholm Trail's band under the direction of Derrick Doyle, Emily Rovers, and Ryan Miller. He is the son of Colin Kading and Kelly Carroll. 

We are #emsproud of these band students!