Record Number of Highlander Band Students make All-State Band

5/30/2019 11:26 am


DALLAS - January 22, 2019 - The Highlander Band placed eight students into the Texas All-State Band - more than any other school within Area D, which includes 195 school districts. Students who earn an All-State Band placement represent the top two percent of Texas band students participating in the audition process.
Additional notable achievements for the Highlander Band include:
  • Fifty Highlander Band students earned a spot in an All-Region Band and participated in a clinic and concert at Duncanville High School on January 12.
  • Twenty Highlander Band students ranked high enough at All-Region to advance to All-Area and audition for an All-State Band placement.
  • Three of the students earning a spot in the All-State Band have earned the honor multiple times: seniors Charlie Conner, Madison Triplett and Nathan Denman.
  • Brandon Luk earned a spot in an All-State Band as a freshman, which is a rare achievement!
  • Zack Shawver is the first Highlander Band percussionist to earn a spot in an All-State Band.
The eight Highlander Band members pictured will attend a three-day, All-State Band clinic in San Antonio during the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) conference and will perform a concert for conference attendees on February 16:


Charlie Conner, senior, euphonium***

Nathan Denman, senior, Eb clarinet**

Brandon Luk, freshman, trumpet

Kristina Richter, senior, contra bass clarinet

Zack Shawver, junior, percussion

Ava Sims, junior, flute

Madison Triplett, senior, bassoon***

Jinghan Yuan, senior, alto saxophone