Mr. Speaker, the sound of beautiful music filled the air at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. The orchestra playing?

None other than the Klein High School Orchestra. The kids who make up the orchestra are some of the best in the nation and we are proud to say they hail from Houston, Texas.

The Klein High Orchestra was in New York City to compete in a nationally recognized competition, rightly named the National Orchestra Championships. The orchestra, comprised of 35 students, took home the grand prize, earning the title of the 2018 National Orchestra Cup Grand Champions. 

This was the first time Klein High participated at this competition and more impressively, the first for the entire school district. The orchestra was competing against seven other schools and several of the groups were from high achieving, performance arts magnet schools. 

This is a remarkable feat for a talented group of young adults. The Grammy Foundation has also recognized the Music Department twice as a Grammy Signature School and all of the orchestras have earned UIL sweepstakes awards.

The Klein High Orchestras have performed in the San Antonio Showcase, South Coast Music Festival, Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago Invitation at Carnegie Hall, the Circle of Honor series in Chicago at Symphony Hall and have been named Grand Champions several times at the Festival Disney Honors. Perhaps most impressive, is the dedication and time each student poured into practice, rehearsing song after song, to ensure each note was tuned to perfection.

In order to achieve perfect harmony, genuine connections need to be strung between each musician and it’s evident that was achieved seamlessly. Of course, in order to lead a great group of students, you must have a remarkable leader.

Orchestra Director, Creston Herron, is to be applauded for his work and contribution to producing an extraordinary group of students. The Klein High Orchestra has achieved incredible accolades throughout the years, but being named the champion at the National Orchestra Championships could be their crowning jewel. 

We are honored to represent Klein High School in Washington, D.C. and we are even more proud to say they are from the Lone Star State.

And that’s just the way it is.