Three Students Receive Texas Music Educators Association All-State Band Honors

Allie Schnitzer

When the Greenhill Band performed at the annual Independent Schools Association of the Southwest Arts Festival (ISAS) on April 7, senior Katherine Li, sophomore Ayne Park and freshman Aditi Vikram received Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band honors earlier this year.

As part of the All-State Band competition, these three students were chosen to perform at the Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio on Feb. 12 to participate in several clinics during the TMEA convention.

After performing in San Antonio, the honored students were selected for a chair in the Association of Texas Small School Bands All-State Band. The students, playing their respective instruments, qualified to play over the summer. Middle and Upper School Band Director Brian Donnell said that getting the opportunity to play in the band is a big deal.

“It just goes to show how talented and dedicated and hardworking these young women are,” Donnell said.

Li, who plays flute, has made All-State Band two times prior to this year. She was recognized at the concert as well as presented with a monetary scholarship award worth $500.

For Park, this is her second time making the All-State Band. Park has played the flute for several years, and if she makes All-State Band next year, she too will be recognized.

Lastly, Vikram, a clarinet player, made her first appearance at All-State Band.

“I am super proud of them,” Donnell said. “Everything we do is for the students.”