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Record 61 Blinn College band students earn all-state honors

Blinn students represent more than half of the 98 seats

Blinn College band

December 10, 2013

The Blinn College band continues to set new highs for all-state achievement.

The program set a school record with 61 students selected to the Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Band, shattering the previous mark of 42 set just last year.

Of those selected, 56 were selected from Blinn’s Symphonic Band, including seven alternates, and there were five from Blinn’s Jazz Band, including two alternates. Blinn students held 52 of the 98 all-state seats, and the College’s 13 Bb Clarinet players selected were the most of any instrument.

“It’s incredible. We’re more than pleased this year,” said Band Director Harry Blake. “It speaks to the quality of the students we have this year and their hard work and dedication.”
The All-State Band will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention Feb. 15 in San Antonio.

To qualify, students submitted a CD of their performances to music selected before the school year. Judging was based on tone, quality and precision, among other criteria.

More than 300 students from 30 two-year colleges submitted their work for consideration. More students from Blinn were selected than from any other college, with Del Mar College coming in second with 11 students.

The Blinn Department of Music consistently places more of its students in the Texas Community College All-State Band than any other community college, and many students also participate in the Texas Community College All-State Choir and Jazz Ensembles. For more information on the Department of Music, visit: www.blinn.edu/finearts/music.html.

Registration for Blinn’s upcoming Winter minimester is available through Dec. 13, and students can register for the Spring semester through Jan. 12. For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu.