Hitting all the right notes
Ector County ISD is proud to announce eight students earned the prestigious distinction of All-State Musician from the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) this year. In fact, Odessa High School and Permian High School each have at least one representative from the choir program and the band program. The last time all four organizations had at least one All-State member was 2010.
“This year is extremely unique as it shows the success of our [choir and band] programs at both high schools,” said ECISD Executive Director for Fine Arts Mark Lyon. “This is a huge accomplishment for our district that reflects the students’ hard work, fantastic teachers and our award winning programs.
“It also shows the success of our private lesson scholarship program that the district has initiated this last year. We are very proud of the students, parents and teachers.”
Our All-State Musicians for 2019:
|Zachary Brown, Odessa High School Band – Zachary is a senior and plays the Bassoon. Twice he has earned a spot in High School Honors Performance Series, which brings with it a chance to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He plans to major in Bassoon Performance and enjoys band because the people have the same passion as him.|
Angel (Xan) Carrasco, Odessa High School Choir – Xan is a senior, and an Alto 2 in the OHS Choir. He qualified for State Solo & Ensemble last year. Xan’s college plans include attending the University of Texas Permian Basin and becoming a music educator. His go-to music right now is either bands from the early 2000s or electronic pop. “There is no in-between. Ha ha.”
|John Eychaner, Permian High School Band – John is a senior and plays Percussion in the MOJO Band. He is an AP Scholar. He says the relationships you build in band are amazing.|
|Raeslyn Miller, Permian High School Choir – Raeslyn is a junior and a Soprano 1. She is a state qualifier in Solo & Ensemble, and a State VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) winner. She says the reason she likes choir is because it is spending time and singing with people she loves, and the harmony of music put together.|
|Justice Dominguez, Permian High School Band – Justice plays the Flute in the PHS Band. She is a junior and this is her second year to be named an All-State member. She plans to attend West Texas A&M University and pursue music.|
Ashton Aranda, Permian High School Choir – Ashton, a junior and an Alto 1, is an All-State member for the second year in a row. She also made 1st Division Ensemble State and is a member of Permian’s Black Magic Show Choir. She says the camaraderie and making music are her favorite things about being in choir.
|Joshua Smiley, Permian High School Choir – A senior, Josh is a Bass 1 and this is his second year to be an All-State member. He is also Permian High School’s student body president. He plans to attend the University of Texas Permian Basin, and enjoys the camaraderie and chance to connect with others in choir.|
|Benjamin Corman, Permian High School Choir – Benjamin is a senior and a Bass 2. This is the third consecutive year he has navigated the demanding audition process and earned this All-State Honor, and he gives his mom a lot of the credit. “She is my voice teacher and she has always pushed me very hard to go and achieve my goals,” he said. “I love this process. It’s very fun. It’s hard work but it pays off in the end.”|
|Justin Slaughter, Permian High School Band – Justin is a senior and plays Bass Trombone. He plans to pursue a music education degree at West Texas A&M University. He says portraying emotion and a story through music are things he enjoys about being in the band.|
TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote students' dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage TMEA member directors to support their students in this development. Beginning each fall, over 70,000 high school students across the state audition in their TMEA Region. Individual musicians 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 one of 15 Texas All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs. These All State ensembles rehearse for three days, directed by nationally recognized conductors, and perform on the closing day of the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention. This year, the TMEA Convention will be February 13-16.
Summing it up Mr. Lyon said, “The process to become a TMEA All State member is extremely difficult. This is one of the biggest accomplishments that a performing arts student can receive.”