Lamar CISD Musicians Advance to All-State

Feb 13, 2020 | Community Relations

The Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) sponsor the Texas All-State audition process to promote students' dedication to their musical knowledge and skill. Beginning each fall, over 70,000 high school students across the state audition in their TMEA-ATSSB Region.

A select group of musicians advance to compete against musicians from other regions in their TMEA Area. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA-ATSSB Area competitions qualify to perform in one of 15 Texas All-State Bands. 

On Feb. 12, eight Lamar CISD high school students traveled to San Antonio, TX to audition for ensemble and chair placement in the All-State Band. The All-State ensembles will rehearse for three days, directed by nationally recognized conductors, and perform on the closing day of the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention.

The 2019 – 2020 Lamar CISD All-State musicians are:

Three-time All-State musician, Foster High School senior Robert Haring – Trumpet, TMEA All-State Band

Three-time All-State musician, Foster High School junior Kai O'Donnell - Oboe, TMEA  All-State Band

Two-time All-State musician, George Ranch High School junior Gabriel Vaca – Clarinet, TMEA All-State Band

Fulshear High School freshman Chancellor Joseph – Tuba, TMEA All-State Band

Fulshear High School senior Cael Jurkowski - Contra-bass Clarinet, ATSSB All-State Band

Fulshear High School senior McKenzie Quarles - Oboe, ATSSB All-State Band 

Lamar Consolidated High School freshman Adrian Sitchon – French Horn, TMEA All-State Band

Foster High School senior Sebastian Penso – Flute, TMEA All-State Band

Results for the All-State auditions are as follows:

Fulshear High School
McKenzie Quarles, 5th Chair Oboe – ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) All-State Band
- Cael Jurkowski, 5th Chair Contra-Bass Clarinet – ATSSB All-State Band
- Chancellor Joseph, 5th Chair Tuba – 5A All-State Symphonic Band


Foster High School

Kai O’Donnell, 1st Chair Oboe – All-State Symphony Orchestra – Ranked #1 in 6A auditions overall - 1st Chair in the State of Texas
Sebastian Penso, 1st chair Flute – 5A All-State Symphonic Band – Ranked #2 in 5A Flute auditions overall
- Robert Haring, 14th Chair Trumpet – 6A All-State Concert Band


Lamar Consolidated High School
Adrian Sitchon, 4th chair French Horn – 5A All-State Symphonic Band


George Ranch High School

- Gabriel Vaca, 31st chair Clarinet - 6A All-State Symphonic Band