It's the Super Bowl of music!
On Saturday, high school musicians from all over the state performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
In the beginning of the school year, 70,000 students from across the state competed for 1,780 spots to play in the all-state music groups.
"It's definitely one of the biggest achievements because you really feel amazing and all your hard work finally pays off," said Zoie Reiser, a high school senior and flute player.
The best of the best met on Wednesday when they were arranged into 15 ensembles.
"This is the place to come if you want to play with the highest level of musicians of the highest caliber," said Alonzo Barret, a high school junior and saxophone player from the Houston area.
This year, Colonel Jason Fettig, conductor of the "President's Own" Marine band guest conducted this symphonic band of 170 high school players.
"I hope the very first thing they feel is pride,” Fettig said. “It takes such hard work to play music at this level, and to get to this point, in this state especially, and I hope they're all incredibly proud of their accomplishments.”
For many of the musicians, being surrounded by peers with the same passion was a life-changing experience.
"It certainly taught me that even though this band is truly amazing, there's more to playing music than being an all-stater,” said Jesus Rodriguez, a senior and saxophone player from Arlington. “There are so many levels above all state, and I plan on reaching all of them. So it just taught me that I need to keep going. This isn't the end.