Thomas County Middle Band Students in Elite Company

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They say practice makes perfect, and for six Thomas County Middle School band students, practice is paying off. All six have been selected for the Southeastern United States Honor Band.

Kendall Quigg, a flute player, says, "I'm excited because I didn't think I'd get in, because there's so many people that have applied, and I was just real excited."

Jeffery Highsmith, a baritone player, adds, "I'm happy now because all of us get to go."

The group will travel to Alabama's Troy University later this week for a performance alongside 300 of their fellow honor band mates.

Cody Knapp, a clarinet player, says, "We're going to play music, we're going to try out. We're going to have to sight read, play five scales and the grammatic scale."

It’s nothing new to these hardworking musicians.

Lizzie Kornegay, also a clarinet player, says, "We had to practice often and be able to do well in band."

Kristen Brinson, on tenor sax, adds, "It takes a lot of practice and learning your scales and all that kind of stuff."

And while joining the elite group has many perks, Nick Highsmith, a trombonist, says, "It's not something you get to do everyday, plus you get out of school."

Don't let that fool you. Just mention honor band to these six students, and you'll soon see smiles, smiles, and more practice, fine tuning, the group says, for their biggest performance and honor yet.

The Southeastern United States Honor Band, which is in its sixth year, is sponsored by Troy University. This is the first year Thomas County Middle School will be represented in the band.