Since junior high, Westside Senior Abi Brown has been playing the clarinet. After joining band in 6th grade, it was a decision she said she has never regretted. Earlier in March, Brown participated in All-State Band in Charleston, aside hundreds of other high school band members. After playing in All-State the last two years, Brown said she has met amazing people.
“You can sit there and you don’t even know these people half the time,” Brown said. “You get to play with these wonderful musicians from across the state. And it is just a really great experience for anybody.”
Brown said months before the audition you prepare. For the second year in a row, she was one of 24 lucky clarinet players to be chosen.
“You have two prepared pieces that they assign you, you have to go on their website to find that out, it depends on the instrument you play,” Brown said. “They will assign you two prepared pieces; you will have to know your scales. And then you have to have a solo, like your own piece that you choose and then you will do site reading.”
Brown is the first from Westside High School to participate in All-State and wants to let others know that just because you are from a small town, it does not mean you can’t make it big.
“I think it means a lot to me for this county is because that shows me as well as other people that they can make it and they can do it,” Brown said. “And being from like small town, you can do things no matter where you’re from.”
Brown is going to be attending and playing at Marshall next year and studying Music Education.