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Forty-five Fort Bend ISD students selected as 2020 Texas All-State Musicians (1/24/2020)

Students to perform at nation’s largest music educators’ convention on February 15


FORT BEND ISD (January 24, 2020) – Congratulations to the 45 Fort Bend ISD high school band, choir and orchestra students who were selected to perform in the 2020 Texas All-State Music Ensemble during the Texas Music Educators Association’s (TMEA) annual Clinic/Convention. Our students will be a part of history, as this year marks TMEA’s centennial anniversary.


All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. The 45 FBISD students are among 1,795 selected from more than 66,800 to enter the TMEA All-State competitive process. They will perform in 15 All-State ensembles (including bands, orchestras and choirs) on Saturday, February 15 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. More than 30,000 professionals from around the world will attend the event, which is considered the nation’s largest music educators’ convention.


All-State Band Musicians - 13

Brandon Benson (Ridge Point), Joshua Ho (Clements), Dhanya Jagannathan (Clements), Anya Johnson (Dulles), Ben Kelley (Clements), Abraham Mughal (Clements), Tristan Nigos (Austin), Dewey Palmer (Clements), Aaron Price (Ridge Point), Kavi Shah (Elkins), Minson Vo (Bush), Abigail Wade (Elkins), Kyle Yu (Clements)


Their band directors, who are TMEA members, include Ryan Demkovich, Logan Nagai, and Andres Aya (Austin); Don Christian, Carlos Cruz, and Thomas McGuire (Bush); Daniel Galloway, Jeff Johnson, Leslie Collins, and Bryan Waites (Clements); Joe Pruitt, Arnel Dayrit, and Spencer Clayton (Dulles); Chad Collins, Joseph Chen, and Christopher Dial (Elkins); and Luis Saldaña, William Burson, and Christopher Baños (Ridge Point).


All-State Choir Musicians - 9

Sean Bracher (Ridge Point), Pari Dhawan (Elkins), Faith Eapen (Elkins), Sofie Marino (Clements), Hasan Hammoud (Clements), Alex Reichert (Ridge Point), Rohin Scaria (Ridge Point), Sarah Tassin (Ridge Point), Christy Thomas (Ridge Point)


Their choir directors include Janet Menzie and Ryan Bogner (Clements), John Richardson (Elkins), and Saleel Menon and Chelsea Burner (Ridge Point).


All-State Orchestra Musicians – 23

Reece Bedee (Travis), Jonathan Chang (Austin), Wen Chen (Clements), Timothy Feng (Dulles), Andy Jiang (Austin), Derek Jiang (Austin), Jeffery Li (Dulles), Morris Li (Dulles), Paul Li (Austin), Alexander Nguyen (Clements), Nathan Nguyen (Austin), Eric Peng (Clements), Ryan Peng (Clements), Timothy So (Austin), Nathan Su (Austin), Elton Tai (Austin), Phebe Tan (Dulles), Deanna Venkatesan (Austin), Natalie Wang (Clements), Ken Xiao (Austin), Gregory Young (Clements), Tommy Yu (Dulles), Alice Zhong (Clements)


Their orchestra directors are Ann Victor and Zoran Jasmak (Austin), Neal Springer and Emory Daniel (Clements), Michael Isadore and Angela Yip (Dulles), and Sabrina Behrens (Travis).


TMEA sponsors the annual Texas All-State competition. High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through district, region, and area level auditions. 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% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians. All-State orchestra students were announced October 26, 2019, and All-State band and choir students were announced January 11, 2020.


These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the Performances section of the TMEA website at


The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 13,500 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Go to for more information.