He was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Trinidad plays tenor saxophone at Floresville High School under the direction of Jim Cathey who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Trinidad’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Trinidad is the son of Bennie and Amanda Herrera of Floresville.
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,780 students are selected through a process that began with over 72,900 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 2.4% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.