FHS Students Place in All-State Ensemble

Choir student, Briana Lira, and band student, Kaden Moss, have been selected for and earned the honor to be part of a Texas All-State Music Ensemble.  Every year the All-State Audition Begins with 10's of thousands of music students from across the state who are seeking to be a member of the All-State Ensembles.  Briana and Kaden worked tirelessly throughout the Fall and Winter to prepare for a grueling audition process where they placed high enough in their sections, overcoming the talents of their peers to advance to the next level.  These two Quinlan-Ford Performing Arts Students will travel to San Antonio from February 13-16 to rehearse and perform with their Texas All-State Ensemble.  All of QISD is proud of their accomplishments and send congratulations their way.  Way to represent PANTHER PRIDE, Kaden and Briana!!!

~ Marty Filip, Director of Fine Arts / Director of Bands 

~ Judy McCarty, Director of Choirs



ATSSB All-State Band Selected



HOUSTON -- The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selection of the 2019 ATSSB All-State Band. More than 10,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty-two 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 280 of these 2,288 students were selected for all-state honors.

The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio, Texas, February 13- 16 and will present a concert beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

Dennis Johnson, Murray State University (Kentucky), will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band. Dr. Cody Birdwell, University of Kentucky, will be the clinicianconductor of the All-State Symphonic Band which will premier Springele by Jack Stamp (commissioned by ATSSB). Chris Bruya, Central Washington University, will be the clinicianconductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble which will perform at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, in Convention Center Hemisfair Ballroom 1.

Kaden Moss, a member of the Quinlan-Ford High School Band, was selected as a member of this band.  He was chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. Moss is a clarinet student at school under the direction of Mr. Martin Filip, who is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1175-member group of band directors in class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A high schools in Texas. This is his first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. His other interests at school include Theatre. He enjoys high end academics as well. He is the son of Chauntae Russell, in Quinlan, TX.


Area Student Selected as Texas All-State Musician



WHEN:       Jan. 12, 2019

WHERE:    Texas Women’s University, Denton

WHAT:       Area student selected to perform in Texas All-State Music Ensemble

  •      Over 72,900 students initially entered the All-State competitive process
  •      1,780 students are selected to perform in 15 All-State ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs)
  •      All-State performances will be held as part of the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention, Feb. 13–16, 2019. Over 29,000 people from Texas and around the world will attend over 300 workshops, 100 performances, and visit over 1,400 exhibit booths at this nation’s largest music educators convention.


INFO: www.tmea.org/convention; 903-356-1621


Briana Lira, a member of the Ford HS A Cappella Choir, will perform with the Texas All-State Small School Mixed Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. She was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at Region, Pre- Area, and Area levels. Briana sings at school under the direction of Judith McCarty who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Briana’s second time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Briana is the daughter of Bertha and Francisco Herrera.


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.