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AJ Watson Honored as Second-Year All-State Band Member

Senior French horn player AJ Watson has been selected as a member of the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Band for the second year in a row.

Second-year All-State Band member AJ Watson

Last year, AJ made history as the first Midway High School Band student in a decade to be selected as a TMEA All-State Musician. She still remains the first Midway Band student to receive this recognition since Midway High School entered the UIL 6A classification. 

AJ began began the audition process alongside thousands of other students across Texas who entered the TMEA All-State competitions.

During these auditions, individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. Based on these rankings, students from 33 TMEA regions are selected to advance and compete against other students in their TMEA area. The musicians who rank the highest from the eight TMEA area competitions are honored as members of a TMEA All-State music group. 

AJ is one of one of 42 students chosen for 6A French horn in 2022. Recognition as a TMEA All-State Musician is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.

As a musician in the Midway High School Wind Ensemble, AJ is under the direction of Pam Hyatt, Director of Midway Bands and a member of TMEA. AJ has also studied privately with Dr. Kim Hagelstein, French Horn professor at Tarleton State University. AJ is the child of Clint and Josephine Watson.