Clear Lake Orchestra takes 1st place in Texas

3-1 Clear Lake High36 CCISD musicians are named All-State

Three dozen Clear Creek ISD musicians have been named All-State and the Clear Lake High School Orchestra took 1st place in the state in the 2014 Texas Music Educator’s Honor Orchestra competition at their state convention in San Antonio.

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. And, this is not the first time the district’s students have come home with so many honors.

In fact, some would say the Clear Lake High School Orchestra has become a dynasty under the direction of Bryan Buffaloe and Kevin Black. The orchestra began its ascent in 2010 when the group placed second at the Texas Music Educator’s Honor Orchestra competition.

Since then the Clear Lake Orchestra has managed to snag 1st place in 2011, 2013 and 2014. They were 2nd in 2012.

“This achievement is unprecedented in any division of the Texas Music Educators Association, band, choir or orchestra divisions,” explains CCISD Director of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Muths, “Clear Lake High School Orchestra is one of the most consistently successful programs in state history, and that is saying something in Texas.”

This year the orchestra has 13 All-State students, which is typical of this high school program. “These students and their directors are extraordinary in every measure,” said Muths. The orchestra performed in February at the TMEA convention in San Antonio.

A number of other Clear Creek ISD All-State musicians also were chosen to perform with the Texas All-State Band and All-State Choir in San Antonio, Feb. 15, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.

These students were chosen for this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at district, region and area levels.

More than 60,000 students initially entered the All-State competitive process in Texas. Of those, 860 are selected to perform with All-State Concert and Jazz Bands, 220 are selected to perform with All-State Orchestras and 500 are selected to perform with All-State Choirs at this nation’s largest music educators convention.


CCISD All-State students selected to perform in Texas All-State Music Ensembles are listed below:

Clear Brook High Choir: Kevin Do and Josh Philip

Choir Directors: Jon Marcum and Michael Kessler

Band:  Brett Jackson

Band Directors: Michael Ary and Dusty Norris

Clear Creek High Choir: Aura Alden, Gina Sereni, Cecilie Wahl, Thomas McCulloch, Jesse Pilgrim, Charlie Reader, Michael Skarke and Jose Soto

Choir Directors: James Park and Sean Stultz

Band: Dylan Way

Band Directors: Stephen Meyer and Daniel Cuevas

Clear Falls High Choir: Madelyn Baillio

Choir Directors: Jill Fetty and Jonny Cochran

Orchestra: Griffin Glenn

Orchestra Director:  Adrian Washburn.

Band: Micah Knerr and Reilly Owens

Band Directors: Jerry Choate and Dean Beltram

Clear Lake High Choir: Caroline Busselberg and Bethany Warner

Choir Directors: Justin Coffey and Raul Dominguez

Orchestra: Naomi Chao, Amber Liu, Aida Lu, Melissa Yang, Lina Zhao, Richard Cao, Alan Chen, Daniel Ho, Eric Ho, James Kirk, Jeffery Lee, Patrick Pan and Samuel Yang

Orchestra Directors: Bryan Buffaloe and Kevin Black

Band: Elizabeth Delaney, Megan Fitch, Ayman Abouleish, Caleb Hodson and Austin Matthews.

Band Directors: John Pearce and Ryan Kersey

The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 11,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education.

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