Jones Earns TMEA 5A All-State Honors
(Bastrop) – Bastrop ISD is proud to announce that Cedar Creek High School junior Devon Jones earned a spot in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band. Jones was first chair at the area auditions held at the University of Texas-Austin in January. That honor earned him a spot at the state level.
As a member of the All-State Band, Jones attended the annual TMEA conference held recently in San Antonio. He had the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a concert with other top 5A music students in the state.
“We couldn’t be prouder of Devon for this huge accomplishment,” said Chris Mendez, Director of Bands for Cedar Creek High School. “Earning an All-State spot is the highest level of achievement for an individual player in the state of Texas, so this will open numerous doors for Devon down the road.”
Jones has been active in band since the 6th grade at Cedar Creek Middle School. At that time, he was hoping to play the trombone or saxophone, but they were full when he auditioned. When asked why he chose the euphonium as an instrument, Jones indicated he picked it because “it was the coolest word on the paper.”
After graduating next year, Jones plans to pursue music education and someday hopes to be a band director. He hasn’t landed on a particular university or program.
“This is the first All-State student to come from our program, and we hope it’s an indicator of more great things to come. Thanks to Devon and his primary instrument teacher Ernest Bueno at CCMS for their hard work and accomplishment,” said Mendez.
Mendez is in his third year as the band director at CCHS and has 90 students in the program. The band has grown since 2014 when Mendez took over, up more than 50%. By next year, he hopes to see that trend continue with 120 or more students.
Bastrop ISD is located 30 miles southeast of Austin and serves more than 10,500 students from the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Paige and other rural areas of Bastrop County.
For more information, contact Kristi Lee at (512) 772-7106.