40 Leander ISD students make All-State Band, Choir

(Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)
(Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)

(Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)

Forty Leander ISD high school band and choir students earned a spot in a Texas Music Educators Association All-State ensemble—nearly doubling last year’s 22-student total, according to LISD.

Every LISD high school had at least one student qualify for either All-State Choir or All-State Band, according to the district.
“The audition process to earn a spot in a TMEA All-State group is arduous,” LISD Fine Arts Director Peter Warshaw said in an LISD press release. “These students have worked hard for a long period of time to reach this level of success.”

According to the TMEA, beginning each fall, over 70,000 high school students compete regionally before a panel of judges. The top-ranked musicians advance to compete against other top finishers from regions in their TMEA area. The highest-rated musicians from those competitions qualify to perform on one of 15 All-State bands, orchestras and choirs.


SOPRANO: a high female voice

Soprano 1

Mia Boyd, Leander

Lindsay Dove, Cedar Park

Soprano 2

Emma Vaughn, Cedar Park

ALTO: a low female voice

Alto 1

Ally McKeon, Cedar Park

Alto 2

Meghna Vergis, Vista Ridge

TENOR: a high male voice

Tenor 1

Jon-Paul Lopez, Rouse

Ryan Sawicki, Cedar Park

Tenor 2

Caden Teliha, Cedar Park

Tenor-Bass Choir

Cade Conville, Vandegrift

Jonathon Miller, Vandegrift

Akash Shah, Vandegrift

BASS: a low male voice

Bass 2

Ethan Grinstead, Leander

Mixed Choir

Sam Smoot, Vandegrift


Alto Saxophone

Jacob Cohen, Cedar Park

Inbo Shim, Vandegrift

Baritone Saxophone

William Lambert, Cedar Park

Bass Clarinet

Nathan Cong, Vandegrift


Aaron Luckenbill, Cedar Park

Ashley Painter, Vista Ridge

B-Flat Clarinet

Ryan Hogarth, Vandegrift

Minji Kim, Vista Ridge

Miles Merrill, Cedar Park

Katelynn Peeples, Rouse

Ellie Slaton, Glenn

Tanner Walterman, Vista Ridge

English Horn

Luke Hatch, Vista Ridge


Hunter Bellows, Vista Ridge

Matthew Drum, Rouse


Sophie Wills, Vandegrift


Payton Atkinson, Vista Ridge

Zoe Fisher, Vista Ridge


Faustina Beltran, Rouse


Ryan Bonnet, Rouse

Glenn Choe, Vista Ridge

Tenor Saxophone

Ethan Usrey, Cedar Park

Tenor Trombone

Amaan Syed, Vandegrift


Mark Bennett, Leander

Areg Vartanian, Rouse


Jackson Ocampo, Rouse


Elias Taira, Vista Ridge


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