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College Park Musicians Make All-State Band

(L-R) Justin Stobart, Matthew Frangos, Troy Fulton and Dillon Jefferies performed in February with the Texas All-State Band.

(L-R) Justin Stobart, Matthew Frangos, Troy Fulton and Dillon Jefferies performed in February with the Texas All-State Band.

Four Band Members Earn Highest Honor Texas Music Students Can Receive

Four College Park band members performed with the Texas All-State Band, the highest honor a Texas music student can receive, as part of the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, which was held Feb. 11-14 in San Antonio.

The CP Band, under the direction of Charlotte Royall, Jeffrey Gorring and Rob Savala, had more students selected than any other school in the district or region. Troy Fulton, Matthew Frangos, Justin Stobart and Dillon Jefferies were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels.

“Thankfully, I played well enough to advance to All State again, and I am really excited to have the opportunity to play in one of the ensembles,” said junior Justin Stobart who made the band on tenor trombone for the second time. “It’s not always fun spending a lot of winter break in a room practicing, but it is definitely worth it. The All-State experience is like nothing else for a Texas high school musician.”

Junior Troy Fulton plays the trumpet, junior Matthew Frangos is a French horn player, and senior Dillon Jefferies is a tuba player.

High school students who were selected to perform in the All-State concerts on Feb. 14 competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2014 to qualify at the state level. Over 860 students are selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of the four ensembles.

Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. College Park band sent 11 students to the area audition on Jan. 10 in Bryan. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 3 percent of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

“It has always been a dream of mine to play in a symphony, and achieving that dream means that I have to work harder than everybody,” said Dillon Jefferies. “Going into the Area audition room, I already felt more prepared than I ever had before, and qualifying for state was a huge achievement.”

These All-State students participated in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees brought the extraordinary event to a close. Over 26,000 people from Texas and beyond were expected to attend over 315 workshops, 88 concerts, and visit over 1,100 exhibit booths at the nation’s largest music educators’ convention.

The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 11,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. For more information, visit tmea.org.

College Park Musicians Make All-State Band

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