Blue Ribbon Committee
Tom SoRelle is a graduate of Texas Tech University and has 35 years experience teaching music and band in the public schools of Texas. He has taught band and elementary music classes for the Littlefield ISD, Springlake- Earth ISD and Texas City ISD. He is presently Head Band Director and Director of Instrumental Music for the Frenship ISD in Wolfforth, Texas. His bands have been consistent Sweepstakes winners in Texas UIL competitions and have been finalists in TMEA State Honor Band competitions as well as the Texas State Marching Contest. Mr. SoRelle is a member of TMEA, TBA, the Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association, Phi Beta Mu the Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity, and was honored in August of 2000 by Band World Magazine and the Sousa Foundation by induction into the Legion of Honor. Mr. SoRelle served as Band Chair for Region 17 from 1988 to 1995. He served as Vice-President and Texas State Band Chair for the Texas Music Educators Association in 1995-1996 and 1996-1997, and then President of TMEA in 1997. He is presently serving as Region President for TMEA Region 16. During his term as President, he established the TMEA Blue Ribbon Committee to study the organization of the Texas All-State ensembles. The result of this study was to increase the number of All-State organizations by three; the Texas All-State 4A Band, the Texas All- State String Orchestra and the Texas All-State Women’s Choir. The purpose of this increase was to provide more opportunity for honor and recognition to the music students of Texas. Also during his presidency, an agreement was reached between TMEA and ATSSB to begin a new time of communication and cooperation. This resulted in ATSSB and TMEA combining sponsorship of the All-State Bands.