Freshman Gabe Ortiz named to All-State Band on trumpet
San Marcos High School freshman trumpet player Gabe Ortiz made the All-State Band on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Area Competition held at the University of Texas in Austin.
He had progressed through making All District Band, All Region Band, All Regional Orchestra and Area to qualify for All State.
Rattler Band Director Damon Knight said, “Of the eight trumpets that advanced to the competition from our area, there were only two freshmen. The rest were all seniors. Gabe also made the TMEA Regional Orchestra and Regional Jazz Band this year.”
Gabe’s parents, Roland and Jenny Ortiz, said, “He has worked very hard, and we are very proud of him.”
Gabe will attend the TMEA All State Convention Feb. 8-11, in San Antonio, and will certainly represent San Marcos High School well. He is also the Freshman Class President at SMHS.