Joseph Schaetz, Pine Tree High School Band Captain has earned a place in the prestigious 5A all-state band of Texas. Morghan Parker, also of Pine Tree High School, earned 2nd Chair in the All-State Women’s Choir at the Area Choir Auditions.
These students have earned the opportunity to perform with the Texas All-State Band or Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2012 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Schaetz and Parker were chosen for this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region and Area levels.
Joseph and Morghan practice and perform at PTHS under the direction of instructors:  Mark Melton, Pine Tree ISD Director of bands, and Melody McMullen, Director of Choirs at PTHS, both of whom are members of the Texas Music Educators Association, an 11,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin.
Joseph Schaetz is the lead trumpet player in the Pine Tree jazz band, and is the son Bob and Laurie Schaetz.
“Joseph is an exceptional student in the band, and also on the math/science team.  Currently he works very hard also helping younger band students on whatever instrument that they play,” said Director Mark Melton.  “He is a great young musician who also excels as a role model.”
Morghan Parker is the daughter of Daniel and Jennifer Waterland.
“Morghan Parker is the kind of student that teachers dream about having in your classroom,” says her choir director Melody McMullen.  “She is hard working, dependable, intelligent, teachable, and above all…supremely talented.  She is a wonderful section leader in PT Express and excels at everything the tries. Citizens of Longview, keep your eyes on Morghan Parker, she is destined for greatness.”
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2011 to arrive at the state level. Over 1,500 students are selected through a process that began with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 13 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 28 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 seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group.