Imani Perry, Andrew Yancey and Rachel Grant were among more than 30,000 students who began the competitive process for the highest accolades. They competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall to arrive at the state level. It was Yancey’s second time to be named as an all-state musician.
Perry, an alto clarinet player, is the daughter of Jonathan and Treva Perry. She is a senior and will attend Texas A&M University in the fall and major in biomedical science.
Yancey, a trombone player, is the son of Chris and Alisa Yancey. He is a senior and plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in biomedical engineering.
Grant is a B-flat clarinet player. She is the daughter of Doice and Beth Grant. She is a junior and plans to major in music education at Stephen F. Austin University.
Yancey’s and Grant’s grandfathers are former Longview High School band directors.
Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. The competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group.