McCollum HS student makes All-State Band

McCollum HS student makes All-State Band McCollum High School senior Joseph Robledo has earned a spot in the coveted Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State 5A Symphonic Band. He will perform with student-musicians from across the state at the Lila Cockrell Theatre on Feb. 15.

Joseph started playing the trumpet in sixth-grade while attending Terrell Wells Middle School. From there, he quickly developed a passion for music and has already dedicated hundreds of hours practicing and performing. All if his hard work has paid off as he is the first Harlandale ISD student to be chosen to participate in the All-State Band in nearly a decade.

“It’s so overwhelming, but I am excited,” Joseph said. “I don’t know how to put it into words. I didn’t think I would ever be here, but here I am.”

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. More than 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with more than 68,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles.

Joseph is looking forward to sharing the stage with other dedicated young musicians.

“I’ve heard the All-State Bands before, and they are so talented,” he said. “I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

Joseph credits his band director, Gilbert Borrego, for motivating him and making band class his second home.

“Sometimes it’s my reason to come to school every morning. It’s what I love to do and keeps me going every day,” Joseph added. “Mr. Borrego has been so supportive, and he pushes me to be the best version of myself that I can be, and I’m very grateful for that.”

Borrego has enjoyed seeing his student grow as a trumpet player every year and feels extremely proud of his accomplishment.

“He’s a very dedicated young man, he is here practicing before and after school,” Borrego said. “I wish I could take the credit for that, but it’s all of his self-motivation and his drive to do this, so we’re really proud and happy for him.”

Leading up to the concert, Joseph will participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual state TMEA Clinic/Convention.

Joseph has also participated in other music organizations, in and outside of school, including McCollum HS Mariachi and Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps, where he had the opportunity to perform all over the country.

After graduation, he plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and pursue a degree in accounting.

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