Jan. 20, 2017
11 Fine Arts students earn All-State recognition
4 choir students and a school-record 7 band students earn honors
Eleven Highland Park High School students were honored with the highest recognition for high school musicians in the state. Four choir students and a school-record seven Highlander Band members earned All-State honors from the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).

The four All-State Choir members with HPHS Choir Director Natalie Walker, center.
The seven All-State Band members with HPHS Band Director Reagan Brumley, top left.

The All-State students are:

  • Cailin Jordan - Second Chair, Soprano 1
  • Gracie Nunneley - Second Chair, Soprano 2
  • Avery Davis - Second Chair, Alto 2
  • Sarah Grace Zandstra - Third Chair, Alto 2
Lily Wu was tapped as an Alternate Soprano 1.

  • Peter Davies- Oboe
  • Grace Zhao- Oboe
  • Madison Triplett- Bassoon
  • Abby Justine- Clarinet
  • Aaron Pathak- Bass Clarinet
  • Jackson Smith - Trumpet
  • Charlie Conner- Euphonium
The students were selected to All-State after performing in the final round of auditions earlier this month.

Seven band members earning All-State is a record at HPHS. It was also the highest total of all 5A Bands in Area D this year, which includes most of Dallas, north Austin, Waco, Temple/College Station, and the Tyler area.

These 11 students will attend a four-day, fun-filled TMEA Convention Feb. 8-11 in San Antonio where they will participate in clinics and rehearsals. The Texas All-State Choir and Band will perform in concert for the membership of TMEA and the public on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.

"Placement in an All-State Choir is the highest individual honor a choral student can receive," HPHS Choir Director Natalie Walker said. "These students have been working towards this audition since last summer, attending choir camps in June and July. They have gone through four separate auditions over the course of the year to bring them to this point."

"It goes without saying that we have a great many really talented kids all over this school district," HPHS Band Director Reagan Brumley said. "This honor also speaks to their level of commitment, as it takes a lot of time on task to reach this level of performance."