Thirteen students from Temple College will perform with All-State music ensembles in February.
Six Temple College students will perform with the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir − Sean Clark, tenor (Belton); Kristen Garth, alto (Temple); Andrea Harlan, soprano (Gatesville); Rebekah Queenan, alto (Belton); Trey Shonkwiler, tenor (Gatesville); and Thomas Torres, tenor (Temple).
Four Temple College students will perform in the All-State Symphonic Band, which is selected by the Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA). Jeremiah Cabrera (Alief) was selected to play tenor saxophone, Christian Garcia (Hutto) was selected to play trumpet, Alli Hinman (Belton) was selected to play flute, and Christian O’Neill (Copperas Cove) was selected to play euphonium.
Three Temple College students will perform in the TCCBDA All-State Jazz Ensemble. Jacob Armstrong (Belton) was selected to play guitar, Juan Garcia (Temple) was selected to play trumpet, and Blaine Smith (Temple) was selected to play bass. This is the second year Armstrong has been selected for the All-State Jazz Ensemble.
Being selected for an All-State ensemble is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. More than 60,000 students from around the state compete for the honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles, including bands, orchestras and choirs. About 1,700 are selected each year.
Students selected for the ensembles will participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in February. The ensembles will perform before an audience of thousands on the final day of the convention.
The 2017 TMEA Convention will be held in San Antonio Feb. 8-11. For more information, visit https://www.tmea.org/conventions/2017.