Four students from Del Valle High School advanced to Area in the Texas Music Education Association’s (TMEA) All State Audition Process. More than 70,000 students compete for a seat on one of 18 All State ensembles.

According to TMEA, the audition process promotes students’ dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and encourages educators to support their students in this development. Students perform selected music for judges who rank each instrument or voice part. The highest-ranking musicians in the Area competitions qualify to perform in one of 18 Texas All State ensembles sponsored by the Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Divisions. About 1,800 students are selected for the All State ensembles.

The students listed below advanced to the Area competition, representing the highest level of musical achievement for Texas high school students.

  • Arianna Eguia, an 11th grade, plays the clarinet
  • Juan Casteneda, 12th grade, plays euphonium (advancing for his second year)
  • Thomas Smith, 11th grade, plays trumpet
  • De’Jon Lewis, 12th grade, choir

“These outstanding student musicians, Arainna, Juan, and Thomas have worked countless hours to produce a first-class musical product in the single most competitive aspect of the high school music-making experience,” said Tom Guyton, DVHS Head Band Director.

“DJ is an incredibly hard-working student. Although being remote has its challenges, this young man is able to persevere and show what DV students are capable of,” said Ali Wagner, High School Choral Director.

Student holding trumpet Student smiling for camera Student playing instrument in band Student smiling and holding clarinet