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13 NISD students earn TMEA All-State honors

13 NISD students earn TMEA All-State honors

Northwest ISD would like to congratulate the 13 students selected to Texas Music Educators Association’s (TMEA) All-State ensembles, the highest honor a high school musician can achieve in Texas. These top-ranking musicians have advanced through progressively tougher rounds of competitions to earn a spot in one of 18 Texas All-State ensembles sponsored by the Band, Orchestra and Vocal Divisions.

NISD’s All-State Musicians will now perform in San Antonio on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2024 TMEA Clinic/Convention.

“These students earned this honor through years of hard work, along with the support of their parents, teachers and the community,” said Northwest ISD’s Executive Director of Fine Arts Dr. Kevin Lacefield.  “This is the highest achievement a high school musician can achieve in the state of Texas, and Northwest ISD is very proud of these highly accomplished student musicians.”

TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote students’ dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage educators to support their students in this development. Beginning each fall, over 70,000 high school students across the state audition in their TMEA Region. Individuals perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. A select group of musicians advances to compete against musicians from other Regions in their TMEA Area. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in All-State ensembles.

NISD All-State Musicians include…

All-State Symphony Orchestra
Isabella Williams, Junior, Eaton HS, French Horn

All-State Philharmonic Orchestra
Bryce Orupabo, Freshman, Eaton HS, Bassoon
Dhruv Patel, Senior, Byron Nelson HS, Cornet/Trumpet
Lucas Saddy, Junior, Byron Nelson HS, French Horn

All-State Sinfonietta Orchestra
Mason Bone, Junior, Byron Nelson HS, String Bass

All-State Symphonic Band
Joshua Roberts, Junior, Byron Nelson HS, Bb Clarinet

All-State Concert Band
Matthew Okello, Sophomore, Eaton HS, Tuba

All-State Mixed Choir
Bethel Henock, Senior, Byron Nelson HS, Soprano 1
Corinne Thomas, Junior, Byron Nelson HS, Soprano 2
Casey Miller, Senior, Byron Nelson HS, Tenor 2
Jackson Lacefield, Senior, Byron Nelson HS, Bass 1
Trent Langford, Junior, Byron Nelson HS, Bass 2

All-State Tenor-Bass Choir
Jackson Brown, Sophomore, Byron Nelson HS, Tenor 1

Eaton's All-State musicians Isabella Williams, Matthew Okello and Bryce Orupabo

Eaton Band - Isabella Williams, Matthew Okello, Bryce Orupabo

BNHS All-State Choir members Casey Miller, Jackson Lacefield, Bethel Henock, Corinne Thomas, Jackson Brown and Trent Langford

Byron Nelson Choir - Casey Miller, Jackson Lacefield, Bethel Henock, Corinne Thomas, Jackson Brown, Trent Langford

BNHS All-State Band members Lucas Saddy, Dhruv Patel, Joshuan Roberts

Byron Nelson Band - Lucas Saddy, Dhruv Patel, Joshua Roberts

Byron Nelson Orchestra - Mason Bone