Smithville freshman Hailey Sherrill earned a coveted seat in the ATSSB All-State Band, and did it after only three and a half years on her French horn. She is one of 117 freshmen statewide, out of over 2,000 students, to make one of the all-state bands.
Mr. King, Smithville High School band director, said it was an impressive feat, unable to think of another freshman from Smithville to make the state band.
“This is definitely the most excited I’ve ever been about anything,” said Hailey. She is following in her mother’s footsteps, who made the All-State Band twice during her high school career. Mrs. Sherrill went on to major in music and is currently the music teacher at Smithville Elementary.
“I was very excited to hear that she made the All-State Band,” said Mrs. Sherrill. “It brought back a lot of the memories that I had from making All-State myself. However, I can say that being on the parent and teacher side is far more exciting.”
Hailey is a triplet, and her brothers are also in the high school band, as is their older sister, who also auditioned at state and made second alternate.
Hailey describes her success in one word: practice. She began practicing this summer for 30 minutes each day for the December tryouts.
To get to the All-State Band requires multiple auditions. More than 9,000 high school students auditioned in their 20 different regions for a place in their respective All-Region bands. The top chairs or 2,020 students in each region advanced to one of five area auditions held January 14th. Out of these 290 were selected for all-state honors in symphonic, concert or jazz ensemble bands.
Mr. King said that it’s very difficult to make it into the state band in Texas as only two French horns from Smithville ISD’s very large area were chosen for the 4A band.
Hailey will perform in the 4A Concert Band on Saturday, February 13th in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio, after three days of rehearsal under the direction of Phillip Clements of Texas A&M University in Commerce.