Our View: Hard work can strike a common chord
Early in February, 12 county band students received district honors by being chosen to attend Northwest District All-District Band in Winston-Salem. Notable is that these students were selected from among the entire Northwest Band District through auditions, including prepared solos, scales and sight-reading.
Such an accomplishment doesn't come easy. Public honor often follows intense private practice, and this is certainly the case with a musician.
For their efforts, these students -- Mary Margaret Zrull, Kylie Dolbier, Jill Turner, Gabrielle Knight, Avery Way, Andy Cook, Ross Robinette, Yoojin Oh, Caitlin Vines, Casey Stokes, Owen Warmuth and Aidan Williams -- deserve our applause.
But also deserving of recognition is the high school's band program itself. Without dedicated direction and support, even the most-talented student can hit few right notes when it comes to pursuing advancement within their own musical crafts.
A few days from now, on March 9, several of these students will attempt to advance further as they audition for All-State Band.
We wish them continued success, and the recognition of the efforts they make to our schools' band programs.