The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selections of the 2013 ATSSB All-State Band. More than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in 20 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 240 of 1,360 students were selected for all-state honors.

The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio, Feb. 13-16 and present a concert beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown Antonio.

Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Director of Bands at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band. Larry Gookin, Director of Bands at Central Washington University, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band. The Concert Band will premiere an original Festival March by William Owns which was commissioned by ATSSB. Dr. Ronald McCurdy, Professor of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble which will perform at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Ballroom B of the Convention Center.

Ryke Moore, a member of the Bridge City 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. Moore is a student of Andrew Kier and plays the alto saxophone at under the direction of Russuell Tipton, who is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1000-member group of band directors in class 1A, 2A and 3A high school bands in Texas. This is first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. His other interests at school include varsity choir and tennis. He is also active in church activities at First Baptist Church in Groves and enjoys community service with the church as well. He is the son of Billy and Kim Moore of Bridge City.