Brandon Richardson, a member of the Prosper High School Wind Ensemble, performed with the 5A Texas All-State Band in San Antonio on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. He was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Brandon is a student of Michael Attaway and plays at school under the direction of John Alstrin, who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 12,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This was Brandon’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Brandon is the son of Keith and Karen Richardson.
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2016 to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Almost 2,000 students are selected through a process that begins with more than 68,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras and choirs). Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition.
This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 2.6 percent of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians. These All-State students participated in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees brought this extraordinary event to a close.