The Association of Texas Small School Bands has announced the selection of the 2014 All-State Band. More than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in 20 different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands with the top chairs in each region advancing to one of the five area auditions held across the state. Less than 300 of these 1,620 students were selected for All-State honors.

At the end of it all, three Cardinals soared to the top.

Melissa’s Jerremy Fender, Trace Greer and Azzarea Tureaud-Borin were selected for the prestigious All-State band. They were chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held across the state at region and area levels.

Fender is a student of Anthony Bianchetta and plays tenor trombone. This is his second time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band.

Greer is a private student of Phil Holland and plays the trumpet. This is his first selection to ATSSB All-State Band.

Tureaud-Borin is a student of Adrienne Conklin and plays flute. Like Fender, this is her second time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band.

Bianchetta, Fender and Tureaud-Borin play at Melissa High School under the direction of Michael Reddell, who is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1,000-member group of band directors in class 1A, 2A, 3A high schools in Texas.

The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio Feb. 12-15 and will present a concert beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

Richard Floyd, Director of Music-Emeritus for the University Interscholastic League, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band. Dr. Timothy Rhea, from Texas A&M University, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band.

The Concert band will premiere And Sail Away by Jack Wilds, the winning entry in the 2014 ATSSB Composition Competition. Charles Owen, from the University of South Florida, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble which will perform at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Ballroom B of the Convention Center.