Twelve GCISD Students Named All-State Musicians
Posted on 01/14/2020
Image of GCISD's 12 All-State Musicians

Twelve students will represent GCISD as Texas All-State musicians at the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic/Convention. 

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. About 1,780 students are selected through a process that begins with over 70,000 students from around the state vying for the honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs).

This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians 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 TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 2.5% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

These All-State students travel to the TMEA Clinic/Convention, held in San Antonio on February 12-15, 2020. They participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors, then perform for thousands of attendees to close the convention on February 15 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the Performances section of

Students representing GCISD include:

5A All-State Band
Benjamin Drummond - CHHS, Freshman - Percussion
Kristen Edwards - GHS, Senior - Flute
Megan Ja - GHS, Senior - Clarinet
Tyler Lane - CHHS, Sophomore - Tuba
Michael Strobel - GHS, Senior - Trumpet
Sam Wood - CHHS, Freshman - French Horn

6A All-State Band
Kimberly Nelson - CHHS, Sophomore - Trombone

All-State Mixed Choir
William Swinney - CHHS, Senior - Tenor 2

All-State Tenor-Bass Choir
Austin Farris - CHHS, Senior - Tenor 2
Nathaniel Nguyen - CHHS, Senior - Bass 2

All-State Treble Choir
Meredith Christian - GHS, Senior - Soprano 2
Morgan Drummond - GHS, Freshman - Soprano 1