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FWISD Delegation Heads to TMEA Convention

Multiple students and teachers are representing the Fort Worth ISD as performers or presenters at the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association Convention this week in San Antonio.

 Five FWISD students were selected to all-state ensembles.

Students selected to all-state ensembles will audition while at the convention to determine the groups they will perform with on February 16 to close out the gathering.

Violinist Mary Michael of Benbrook Middle-High School is slated to perform with the All-State Symphony Orchestra.

Other All-State performers from the FWISD are:

  • Adam Patterson, percussion, Southwest High
  • Adam Parham, clarinet, Arlington Heights High
  • Lucas King, trombone, Benbrook Middle-High
  • Aidan Kocer, voice, Paschal High
  • Avery Duke, voice, Benbrook Middle-High

“These students make up the top one percent that enter the initial audition phase.  They start at Region and move to Area and then qualify for State,” said Dick Clardy, FWISD’s instrumental music director. “It is exceedingly difficult to make Texas All-State!”

Panther Corps from Fort Worth ISD’s Paschal High School, is one of only two men’s ensembles invited to perform at the 2019 convention. The group’s February 14 performance at the Henry B. González Convention Center will mark the first time a FWISD choir has performed at the conference. Members of Paschal’s Jazz Band are also slated to perform during the event. 

Paschal Jazz Band Director Matt Sawyer and Pat Leaverton, an FWISD orchestra specialist, will serve as jazz and orchestra clinicians.

More than 29,000 people are expected to attend the TMEA Clinic/Convention February 13-16.

Visit www.tmea.org/conventions/2019 for more convention details.

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