Submitted By Jason Gordon
Smithson Valley High School band student Garrett Snowden has earned TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-State notoriety. He performed with the Texas All-State Band on February 11 at the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Snowden and the other honorees were chosen through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels.
Snowden is a student of Matt Boening, Director of Bands at Smithson Valley High School. Snowden, a junior, has now qualified for the TMEA All-State Band for three consecutive years. He studies privately with Steve Girko. He is a member of the Smithson Valley High School Wind Ensemble and Marching Band, where he is a Drum Major. In addition, Snowden won the Austin Symphony Concerto Competition in 2016.
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2016 to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.
Over 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs).