Riley Mathews and Ivy Noack, senior band students at Henrietta High School have been selected members of the all-state band by the association of Texas Small School Bands.
Mathews and Noack were chosen through a series of competitive auditions held across the state. It is the second year for Mathews, who plays tenor saxophone, to earn a seat. Noack has earned the honor for her first time. She plays contra clarinet.
They are students of Band Director Kenneth Gilbreath, a member of the ATSSB, an organization of band directors in class 1A, 2A and 3A high schools in Texas. The ATSSB has 1,000 members.
More than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of the five area auditions held this past weekend across the state and only 240 of these 1360 students were selected for all-state honors.
The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio, Feb. 8-11 and will present a concert at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.
Ret. Col. Tim Foley of the U.S. Marine Corps will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band. Dennis Fischer, conductor of the Symphonic Band, associate director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, and professor of music in Conducting and Ensembles, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band. The Concert Band will perform the winning composition from the 2012 ATSSB Composition Competition: Egypt, the Awakening by Billy Newman.
Jeff Jarvis, director of Jazz Studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble which will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday in Ballroom B of the Convention Center.
Riley is the son of Mark Mathews and Joyce Ritchie, all of Henrietta. In addition to band, Mathews is involved in yearbook, student council and academic UIL competition. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta. Mathews also plays guitar, banjo and mandolin.
Ivy is the daughter of Ronnie and Jennifer Noack of Henrietta. Her interests include Winter Guard and doing puzzles.