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Making the All-State Band in Texas is one of the toughest audition processes for musicians in the country. In December, students across the state began auditioning with hopes of being named to the prestigious All-State band. North Lamar’s Conner Johnson did just that.
The process began in December with students across the state competing for a spot in All-Region band. Out of these twenty-eight regions, five Area bands are selected. In both processes, students play in front of their peers and five judges with the judges’ backs facing them for anonymity. In both competitions, only the top two to three chairs on each instrument advance to the next level. Those named to the top chairs at Area make the Texas All State Band.
“There are twenty-eight regions in the state of Texas; just placing in the top chair in your region is a big deal. Then advancing to Area and getting to compete is a great achievement and takes hard work,” says North Lamar Associate Band Director Jason Smith.
“The Texas Music Educators only takes the top three Tenor Saxophones,” says NLHS Band Director Randy Jones. “So Conner, after placing first at Area, was required to record and be selected from those recordings. It’s remarkable! It’s has been a couple years since we’ve had an All-Stator, and we are tremendously proud of Conner. He worked extremely hard to get the achievement.”
The All Region Band will perform a concert at Mt. Pleasant High School on January 25 at 3:00 p.m. Conner will be performing with the 4A Texas All State Band at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 in the Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio.