Central High School's choir is preparing for the next set of auditions that could lead them to state.

"When they auditioned for it at the end of September a lot of them have been working on that stuff for months up to that point," Landon Gilmore, head choir director, said.

More than 50 students from Central traveled to Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, to compete in the Texas Music Educators Association's Region 6 High School Region Choir Auditions.

Gilmore says, of those, 22 students earned a spot in one of the two high school region honor choirs, and 14 of those students advancing to the next round of competition in November.

"That's a new record for us," Gilmore said.

The students say a lot of work is put into preparing for the audition.

"It's stressful and it's exhilarating all at the same time," Bryan Cobb, choir student, said.

The student say choir has helped them handle the pressures they meet in and outside the classroom.

"Especially like focusing wise and knowing that you need to get this done and study or do this," Analisa Rios, choir student, said.

Gilmore now prepares his students for the next phase of the auditions.

"We're real proud of them because they're involved in a lot of different things, they don't just do choir, they're volleyball players, there are football players." he said.