Megan Holt, a member of the Mineola High School Band, will perform with the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.
The young Mineola trombonist was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at district, region, and area levels. Holt is a student of Professor Heather Mensch, assistant director of bands at Tyler Junior College. Holt plays at Mineola High School under the direction of Chris Brannan, a member of the Texas Music Educators Association. This will be Holt’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. She is a junior and is the daughter of Blaine and Candace Holt.
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. A total of 1,780 students are selected through a process that began with over 72,900 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). Only the top 2.4% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.
Considering the difficulty in becoming an All-State musician, Holt’s selection from a 3A school like Mineola is rare. “For a school of our size, even one (All-State selection) is an achievement,” said Brannon, who later added: “She’s an awesome kid.”
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. 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.