District Band, State Band and TMEA Information

O’Connor Band students earned 52 TMEA All District band chairs at the District Band auditions over the last 2 evenings! AMAZING RESULTS!

This is in addition to the 19 TMEA All Region Jazz Chairs (school & region record) that earned a spot.

And senior Brendan Frederick was named 2nd chair in the state of Texas on saxophone and earned a spot in the 2017 TMEA All State Jazz Ensemble. Only 20 students in the entire state make the top TMEA Jazz Ensemble each year. He joins OC alumni that earned a spot in that group in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010. Placement in Texas All-State is indicative of being ranked in the top ½ % of all music students in Texas and the top 2 % nationwide

Congrats to these great kids, their private teachers, masterclass teachers, parents and directors. 

The Texas Music Educators Association sponsors individual competitions every fall that culminate in the selection of the All-State Bands, Choirs and Orchestras that perform at the annual TMEA convention in February.

The now 33 Texas regions hold the first level of competition and the top students advance to the Area level held in January. In each of the new Areas, a designated of the top students are selected to All-State. At each level of competition, students perform for a panel of 5 judges in a blind audition where judges are screened from sight and do not know which students are performing. Just as in other head to head competitions in Texas, each judge ranks each student in comparison with each other and the lowest total of rank points is first chair! The All-Region Bands perform in a concert in the middle of January each year, but the Area Band is for qualification purposes only. The All State groups rehears for 3 days in February prior to their performances with internationally acclaimed conductors and educators!