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Two DSHS Students Earn All-State Band Honors

January 18, 2021


Band Dripping Springs High School senior Drew Wilson (alto sax) and junior Hennah Hajari (bassoon) have been selected to the 2021 Texas All-State Band. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. For Drew, it is the third consecutive year he has received all-state recognition, and he was honored at the 6A level.

Beginning each fall, more than 70,000 high school students across the state audition in their TMEA Region. TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote students’ dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage educators to support their students in this development. Individuals perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. A select group of musicians advance to compete against musicians from other regions in their TMEA area. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in one of 18 Texas all-state ensembles sponsored by the Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Divisions. Only 1,800 musicians are selected in the band division.

Drew Wilson is the child of Dave Wilson and Merri Loftin. Drew also studies privately with Dr. Crystal Duckett. Hennah Hajari is the child of Daven and Priya Hajari. Hennah also studies privately with Adam Drake. Derek Woods is the DSHS Director of Bands.

Other Tiger Band students who competed at the TMEA Area E level were: Woodrow Mau (bass clarinet; 3rd chair of 4), Madelyn Foster (flute; 5th chair of 16), Matthew Sheeler (bassoon; 3rd chair of 6), Paola Juarez (clarinet; 9th chair of 24), Natalie Chavez (trumpet; 3rd chair of 20).

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