Area student selected as All-State musician

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Quentin Fisher, a member of the Whitehouse High School Band Program, will perform with the Texas All-State 5A Symphonic Band in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.

He was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Fisher plays French horn at school under the direction of Tom Mensch who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin.

This is Fisher’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Fisher is the son of Jeffrey and Celeste Fisher.

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.

A total of 1,780 students are selected through a process that begins with more 70,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles, bands, orchestras, and choirs. Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition.

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 participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close.

For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the Performances section of www.tmea.org/convention.

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