Four students plus one alternate from McAllen High School have advanced in the TMEA All-State Mariachi process.
This is the first year for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) to hold All-State Mariachi auditions. The students who advanced to the second round include:
- Jesús Villegas (1st Chair Trumpet)
- Ashley Treviño (1st Chair Violin)
- Natalie Carmona (1st Chair Guitar)
- Austin Rosález (1st Chair Vihuela)
- Daniel López (4th Chair Trumpet/1st Alternate)
Additionally, McAllen High also earned the most first chair spots in its region which extends from Roma to PSJA.
“Students and directors have been working hard for the last few months in preparation for this challenging audition process that involves not only being phenomenal instrumentalists on their respective instruments but also involves them being proficient vocalists,” McAllen High Mariachi Oro Director Alex Trevino said. “Mariachi is the only music division in the state that requires their students to be outstanding on both instruments and vocals.”
TMEA Region XV is the biggest and most competitive Region in Texas spanning 15 school districts, at least 35 schools with mariachi programs and hundreds of students.