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United ISD Announces All-State Choir and Band Musicians


Posted Date: 01/31/2019

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United ISD held a press conference recently to announce and honor 13 of our students who were chosen to compete at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) February 13-16 in San Antonio.  This year, we have a record number of musicians competing at the state level. These 13 students were selected from over 70,000 high school students from across the state to represent the best of the best at the TMEA All-State Clinic/Convention.  These students will attend the annual convention, which features over 300 workshops for Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary, and College educators and over 1,100 exhibit booths representing all facets of the music education industry.  The convention will culminate on Saturday, February 16 with the TMEA All-State Concerts, where the students will perform with the Band, Orchestra and Vocal divisions. 

The vocal honorees are Sophia Briones (3-time All-State qualifier) and Guillermo Gonzalez from United High School, under the direction of Mrs. Hacel Arias Burrola and Natalia Henry from Alexander High School, under the direction of Mr. Abraham Armendariz.  The band honorees from United High School are Vanessa Vasquez, bass clarinet; Albert Villalon, French horn; Robert Vasquez, trumpet; and George Newsome, percussion, under the direction of Mr. John J. Mallon.  The band honorees from Alexander High School are Abigail Martinez, Bb clarinet; Jacob Rodriguez, trumpet; and Kristopher Montemayor, trumpet, under the direction of Mr. Joshua Martinez.  The band honorees from United South High School are Erick Morales, Bb clarinet; Kevin Jimenez, contra bass clarinet; and Jason Herrera, euphonium, under the direction of Mr. Francisco Sosa.

Congratulations to these 13 outstanding students!  

All-State  Choir and Band Musicians

First row (l-r):  Kristopher Montemayor, Albert Villalon, Robert Vasquez, Erick Morales, Vanessa Vasquez, Kevin Jimenez.

Second row (l-r):  Joshua A. Martinez, (JBA HS Band Director);  Abigail Martinez, Sofia Briones, Guillermo Gonzalez, Jason Herrera, Abraham Armendariz (JBA HS Choir Director).

Third row (l-r):  John J. Mallon (UHS Band Director), George Newsome, Natalia Henry, Jacob Rodriguez, Hacel Arias (UHS Choir Director), Francisco J. Sosa (USHS Band Director).

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