Reid has played the trumpet since the sixth grade. He performed at the
"It's loud and fun to play, lots of energy behind it," Reid said.
McRary experienced his first auditioning process and performance at All-State this year. After high school, he said he wants to pursue a career in music. McRary, too, enjoys the trombone for its sound but for different reasons.
"It has a dark, mellow sound to it," McRary said. "It's not a high, loud sound."
The boys said that performing at All-State is actually easier and less nerve-wracking than performing at a regular concert for the school because they were part of a team that made up of the very best in the state.
"If you mess up, there's always somebody who has got it right," Reid said. "You can help each other."
"It's something I love doing," Koplin said. "I love to audition."
Koplin even has a lucky charm that she wears during an audition.
"I usually audition with a bow tie on," Koplin said. "That's like my lucky thing."
Clarinet player Murphy said that band has been a positive experience for her and keeps her in school.
"Being in band makes my day," Murphy said. "I look forward to it every day."
Koplin added, "I think band is not just a class but a family. Music is more like an escape than an everyday task."
"It's like a cello, except it's bigger," Beam said.
While Beam enjoys playing violin, a hobby since she was 8 years old, violins are not featured in marching band, so Beam picked up the string bass.
Unlike some of the older students, Beam still gets nervous when auditioning, but she felt a sense of exhilaration during the actual performance.
"It was nerve-wracking," Beam said about auditioning. "There were a lot of different instruments there. Sight reading is the hardest because you don't know what you're going to see."
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