Aidan Finnerud and Audrey Bray

Nacogdoches High School senior Aidan Finnerud and junior Audrey Bray will perform with the All-State Band Feb. 11 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio as part of the 2023 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and Convention.

Aidan and Audrey were named to the Class 6A and Class 5A bands, respectively, last weekend. For Aidan, it’s his third straight all-state honor; Audrey is making her first all-state appearance.

“This is just a remarkable accomplishment for both Aidan and Audrey to qualify for All-State,” said Nacogdoches High School Band Director Jacob Weems. “The fact we can get two qualifiers to the state level is a reflection on Aidan’s and Audrey’s talent and commitment but also the overall depth of talent we have at NHS.”

The process for Aidan and Audrey began in the fall and included competitions at the district, region and area levels. More than 70,000 band students from around Texas enter the competition, and 1,875 are selected to perform in 18 All-State ensembles.

Aidan, a trumpet player, will perform with the Class 6A band next month; Audrey plays the clarinet and will perform with the 5A band.