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Band Students Advance to TMEA All-State

Shivani Kondubhatla
On Satuday, Jan. 6, 30 band students auditioned at the All-Region auditions. Students practiced hard to advance to All-State. “I practiced a lot, around a couple hours a week,” Neel Kotichintala ’25 said.

Competing against the best in the area, 30 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Area qualifiers auditioned for the TMEA All-State band on Saturday, Jan. 6. Out of the 30 that auditioned, eight advanced to All-State, the highest level of the TMEA auditions. 

For high school musicians, All-State is one of the most significant achievements with the audition etudes being chosen from professional-level books for each individual instrument.

“It’s tough, the music is difficult, you go against some of the best people in the state, but if you practice, it’ll make a difference,” percussionist Neel Kotichintala ‘25 said.

The TMEA All-State concert will occur on Feb. 10 in San Antonio, Texas.


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Andrew Li

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Soomin Oh

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Anshuman Garg


Will Bryant


Neel Kotichintala


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Jacob Chow
Jacob Chow, Heritage Staff
Class of 2026 Currently in WWHS Band! Favorite movie: Back to the future Favorite show: One Piece I love video games, talking about computers, music, and I’ll really talk about anything!
Shivani Kondubhatla
Shivani Kondubhatla, A&E Editor
Class of 2025  Feeding my ardent love for both the arts and journalism, I am beyond excited to take on the role of the Arts & Entertainment editor to represent the fine arts and pop culture not only at Westwood but also in our buzzing community. Outside of the newsroom, I am most likely cherishing time with friends, watching sit-coms (probably Modern Family!), or sustaining my unhealthy coffee addiction. 

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