5 Fine Arts students earn All-State Jazz & Orchestra honors

Five Northside ISD Fine Arts students from four high schools were selected to the Texas Music Educators’ Association (TMEA) All-State Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

Selection to Texas All-State is the highest public school award for individual achievement in music that a student can receive. It represents the top one percent of student musicians in Texas.


Brandeis HS

Hunter Messick, 12th grade, Orchestra, Violin
Ray Zhang, 9th grade, Orchestra, Viola

Clark HS

Dylan Knowles, 10th grade, Jazz, Alto Saxophone

O’Connor HS

Jacob Chavez, 11th grade, Jazz, Trumpet

Taft HS

Ezra Rodriguez, 12th grade, Jazz, Guitar

All-State Choir and Band auditions will conclude in January 2020.

Instructors are Kevin Garcia-Hettinger, Brandeis HS; Justin Murphy, Clark HS; Alfonso Alvarado, O’Connor HS; and Greg Mills, Taft HS.