Montwood senior named top jazz player in Texas -- again

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - For the fourth year in a row, Montwood student Guillermo Lopez has been named the top bass guitar player in the Texas Music Educators Association. 

Lopez, who is now a senior, was selected as first chair bass in the All-State Jazz band. The band is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive and Lopez has been awarded the honor each year since he was a freshman.

“I’m astounded to have been recognized as an All-State Musician by TMEA,” Lopez said. In addition to his outstanding work with the bass, Lopez also qualified for All-Region band on his tuba this season.

“I couldn't be more proud of Guillermo’s achievements,” said Beto Perez, band director at Montwood High School. “His dedication to his instrument is a true inspiration to young musicians. He has a natural ability for music and is constantly refining his craft by diligently practicing. I am excited to see where music can take him if he decides to follow it as a career.”

Lopez will be attending University of North Texas next year, where he plans to study music.

Other El Paso area musicians named to the All-State ensembles include Eastwood HS senior Austin Andrade, who earned second chair honors for the Jazz Ensemble 1 on the Tenor Trombone. 

El Paso area Jazz Ensemble 2  members include Jesus Escobar, Hanks HS (trumpet), Matthew Pacheco, Coronado HS (trumpet), Connor Wilson, Coronado HS (bass trombone), Matthew Quesada, Hanks HS (Drums). 

Travis Langford (String Bass) and Thomas Langford (String Bass) of Franklin HS also earned All-State orchestra honors. 


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