Congratulations Mark Abbey! Good Luck at State!
2018 ATSSB All-State Band Selection
HOUSTON -- The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selection of the 2018 ATSSB All-State Band. More than 9,000 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 14-17 and will present a concert beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.
Brian Britt, University of Oklahoma, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band. Dr. Matthew McInturf, Sam Houston State University, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band which will premiere the winner of the 2018 ATSSB Composition Competition Chicago Belle Motifs by Kenneth L. Griffin.
Mark Abbey, a member of the Bremond 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. Mark Abbey is a private student of Richard Kent and plays the Alto Saxophone at school under the direction of Robert Quick, who is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, an 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. He is active in church activities at St. Marys Catholic Church in Bremond, an eagle scout, and enjoys woodworking. He is the son of Anthony Abbey, in Bremond.