10 Waxahachie High students named to All-State Texas Music Educators Association

10 students in band uniforms

Nine Waxahachie High students were named to the TMEA All-State band, while one qualified for the All-State Jazz Ensemble 2.  

 

“In a year that has been unprecedented in its lack of ‘normal,’ 10 WHS Band students persevered through a new set of recorded audition procedures in order to earn a chair in the 6A All-State Band,” explained WHS Band Director Richard Armstrong. “In addition to Ethan Brown qualifying for the All-State Jazz Ensemble 2 last fall on trumpet, please help us celebrate the accomplishments of the nine students.”

 

These students represent the top 2.5 percent of musicians in the state. Approximately 70,000 high school students across the state start the TMEA process and roughly 1,800 are selected to be all-state.

 

“The challenge of attaining the all-state title requires hundreds of hours of independent play and practice,” said WISD Fine Arts Director Dr. Phillip Morgan. “These students are the elite of the elite musicians and not only their conference, but across the state of Texas. Waxahachie ISD is exceptionally proud of these 10 musicians and extends congratulations to not only those students, but to their families, supports, private lesson instructors, and directors.”  

Lilyanna Armstrong | B-flat Clarinet

Lilyanna is a senior and is in her second year serving as the lead Drum Major for the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band. 2021 marks the fourth year for Lilyanna to advance to a TMEA All-State ensemble, making her the very first four-year All-State musician from Waxahachie High School since TMEA began keeping records in 1940. This is truly an exceptional accomplishment because there are only a handful of seniors across the entire state and across all three fields (band, orchestra, choir) who can claim this deed each year. She is currently ranked first in the Senior Class and is part of both National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society. She also volunteers locally, is involved with her church in a leadership capacity, and plans to pursue a degree in biology as a path to becoming a surgeon.

Emma Watson | French horn

Emma is a senior and serves as a Section Leader in the Spirit of Waxahachie. This is her third year to earn an All-State chair. She is ranked near the top of the Senior Class and is also involved with HOSA and NHS. Emma will be attending Texas Tech next year with the intent of pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy.

Johnni Fuller | Bass Clarinet

Johnni is a senior and serves as a Drum Major for the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band. This is her second year to earn an All-State chair. She is in the Top 10 of the Senior Class, is part of National Honors Society, and she is involved with her church. Johnni’s long-term plans include earning a Master’s degree in business in order to pursue a top position at a large company in either the marketing or management fields. 

Logan Boyd | Oboe

Logan is a senior and serves as a section leader in the Spirit of Waxahachie. This is his second year to earn an All-State chair. He is in the Top 10% of the Senior Class and is involved with his church. Logan plans to pursue a career in the field of Computer Science, possibly with a dual degree in Computer Science and Music.

Richard Olokode | Tuba

Richard is a junior and serves as a Section Leader in the Spirit of Waxahachie. This is his second year to earn an All-State chair. He currently wants to pursue a career in music and is working diligently each day toward that goal.

Owen Bartosh | French horn

Owen is a freshman, and this is his first year to earn an All-State chair. He is part of the student council and interact club, and is also involved in UIL Debate and Journalism events. Owen sees himself pursuing a career in political science, running a political consulting firm, and eventually running for office.

Ethan Brown | Jazz—Trumpet

Ethan is a senior and serves as one of the trumpet section leaders and a field conductor for the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band. He is currently ranked near the top of his class and wants to pursue a career in the creative side of movie production. In particular, he would like to write and then influence how those stories visually come to life.

Leah Gonzalez | Oboe

Leah is a sophomore, and this is her first year to make All-State. She is in the Top 10 of her class and is a part of Academic Decathlon and the UIL Computer Science team. She sees herself pursuing a career in the field of Computer Science.

Clara Moriarty | English horn

Clara is a sophomore, and this is her first year to make All-State. She is currently ranked 1st in her class and is part of Student Council and HOSA. Clara sees herself eventually pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical field.

Dhruval Rangrej | Alto Saxophone

Dhruval is a junior and serves as a Drum Major for the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band. This is his first year to make the All-State Band. He is also involved with TSA, where he competes in structural engineering, animatronics, and scientific visualization events. Dhruval is ranked in the Top 10% of his class and hopes to pursue degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering in order to work for SpaceX.