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High School Trumpeter joins elite marching band

 LHHS Junior joins elite marching band
LHHS Junior joins elite marching band

Lake Havasu High School junior Chris, a virtuoso with the trumpet, is about to embark on the musical opportunity of a lifetime.

Recently, the 16-year-old was offered a contract to perform with the Arizona Academy of Performing Arts Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2018 competition season. Playing trumpet since the second grade, Hall is humbled with the chance to join the pinnacle of competition marching bands.

“I am proud of myself,” Chris said. “But, I look up to the people who are superior to me and ask for guidance from them all of the time. I am very humbled by this, but it’s very cool.”

The Academy attracts students, ages 16-21, from all over the world to join its ranks. The elite band, based in Tempe, finished 14th in the nation last season at the Drum Corps International championships, the best finish in the 17-year history of the program.

There are 200 members in this year’s show, with Hall accepted as one of the group’s lead trumpet players. More than 200 tried out for the trumpet section, with 24 selected.

With training to compete already underway, The Academy will begin its season in July in Mesa before it takes to the road for competitions held across the country. The tour culminates in August with the Drum Corps International championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the home of the NFL’s Colts.

“This going to be insane,” Chris said. “I’ve never been to a stadium outside Arizona. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Inspired to play trumpet by his older brother, Chris's passion is music.

“My love and my future depend on music,” he said. “My plan is to go to college majoring in music education and minor in music theory, and then go into the military and join the U.S. Air Force’s officers’ band.”

After retiring from the military, Chris said he would like to be a music teacher, and follow in the footsteps of his high school teacher Kimberly Schreiber.

“I can proudly say he is one of our top musicians,” Schreiber said. “Joining The Academy is a happy surprise. Was I surprised, no, but I am. Really, I wasn’t shocked because I knew he could do it. As adults we know plans change, but I hope he sticks to his course because Chris would be a great teacher.”


(by David Louis, Today's News Herald - Feb 15, 2018)

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