Whether you're in your school's marching band, a garage band or some other sort of musical group, you've got an instrument to play. There's probably a reason why you picked up that instrument and started playing, but what is it? Several Valley High School musicians shared their reasons.
Junior Hunter Hughes is new to the Valley High School band. He joined at the beginning of this school year. Walking into the band room, he saw the quints (a five-piece tenor drum set) and chose that as his instrument.
"It caught my eye, [and I liked] the sound it made," he said. "I thought I would have to play a bass drum since I was new, but I didn't."
He chose the instrument for its looks and sound, but it took work to learn how to play it. He said he had a hard time learning to play drum rolls.
Hughes is also a musician outside of school. He doesn't play in a band or anything; he just plays because he loves to play music.
In addition to the drums, he also plays guitar. He says each instrument comes with complications; for him, it's learning to play new songs on a new instrument. Playing music makes all the practice worthwhile, though.
Junior Bella Little has been playing in school band for five years, three of which have been at Valley. She's been playing the alto saxophone since the fourth grade, and when she joined the band at Valley, she didn't have anything else in mind.
"It's the only instrument I could make a sound out of," she explained.
In the beginning, she had difficulties learning to playing since she didn't know to keep her cheeks in. "I looked like a puffer fish," she said.