Students from Abilene High and Cooper High schools will perform with the finest high school musicians the state has to offer this February at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio.

Sterling Williams and Jonas Sims of Cooper, and Mia Englerth of AHS earned All-State status during area auditions held Jan. 13.

  • Williams, a senior, placed first chair on the alto saxophone and was selected to the Class 5A All-State Band.
  • Englerth, a junior, placed second chair on clarinet and was selected to the TMEA Class 6A All-State Band.
  • Sims, a senior, placed second chair in the Bass I section and will participate in the TMEA All-State Mixed Choir.

The students will attend TMEA Convention clinics Feb. 14-17 at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The all-state choirs, bands and orchestras culminate the event with concerts for convention attendees on the final day.

AISD also had musicians named alternates to the all-state groups. AHS senior Matthew Bos was named first alternate to the 6A band on alto sax, and Kyle Kahl, a senior at CHS, was named first alternate to the 5A honor band on the trombone.

Earlier this school year, Faith Fang, a junior violinist in the AHS orchestra who attends ATEMS High School, was selected as a first alternate to the All-State Orchestra.

Alternates are eligible to participate in the all-state activities if some members of the groups are unable to attend.