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George Roberson: Hard work, dedication pay off for saxophonist

Having just missed out on a shot to reach the All-State Band as a junior, saxophonist Kevin Ford was going to make sure that opportunity didn’t pass him up as a senior.

Last year, Ford placed fourth in his group, but only one person from each group qualifies for the state band.

This year, he worked extremely hard, and on Jan. 7 saw his dream come true. He is advancing to the TMEA Convention in San Antonio. Of all the students to try out in the Denton school district, he was the only one to make the cut for the February convention.

“The audition was a lot of fun,” Ford said. “I have really enjoyed being in band, and I am going miss it when it all does come to an end.”

He received four out of the five first-place votes to beat out the other competitors in his room.

Two other students competed from DHS: sophomore Omar Rivera placed 11th on the clarinet; and freshman Abby Harris placed sixth on the flute.

“We had a very good showing this year,” said Brian Wilson, band director. “We were the only school in the district to make state.”

GEORGE ROBERSON is student at Denton High School and a participant in the Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” writing program for student journalists.