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Three New Braunfels High School band members recently were named to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State band, the highest honor for band students. All three Mighty Unicorn band members are percussionists, seniors Ryan Reed and Seth Underwood, and junior, Josiah Granado. This honor names each of them as one of the top 42 percussionists in the state of Texas. Reed will be participating in the first-ever TMEA All State Percussion Ensemble, and Granado and Underwood will be performing with the TMEA Philharmonic Orchestra.
“These amazing musicians competed in three rounds of grueling auditions against some of the top musicians from Central Texas,” said NBHS Band Director David Eckert. “The process for state selection begins in July when the students receive the music selection. Students have been working since then, honing their skills, to earn a chance to be considered one of the best of the best in the state of Texas”.
This achievement places these musicians in the top 2% of students who began the audition process in September. Since 1969, the Unicorn Band has placed 78 students in the TMEA All-State Band. With this year's selections, Reed, Granado, and Underwood become the 79th, 80th, and 81st Unicorn Band members to be selected into an All-State ensemble.
“It should be noted that to have three students who all play the same instrument earn all-state honors is simply unheard of,” Eckert said. “NBHS is proud to claim that they had the most percussionists from any school in the state earn all-state honors. This is beyond extraordinary.”
All three Unicorn all-state members will convene with the other Texas All-State band members during the TMEA annual convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from February 9-12. They will spend three days in rigorous rehearsals to prepare the ensemble. They will conclude their all-state experience with a concert on Saturday, Feb. 12.
These percussionists learned under the tutelage of Craig Turner and Bryce Turner.
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