Alyana brings home state gold

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Alyana brings home state gold

Outside of band, DelaCruz also plays the ukulele and piano.

Outside of band, DelaCruz also plays the ukulele and piano.

Photo by Skylar Clark

Outside of band, DelaCruz also plays the ukulele and piano.

Photo by Skylar Clark

Photo by Skylar Clark

Outside of band, DelaCruz also plays the ukulele and piano.

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Taking a deep breath, junior Alyana DelaCruz begins to play her first note. She has been playing the trumpet since the sixth grade and has competed in ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) throughout her musical career, but she has never been to state.

To qualify for state, students have to play a Group One Solo, which is a college level piece of music, and earn gold at district.

Band teacher Brian Blocker said, “Students by their sophomore, junior, senior year are able to (make) their own music selection. It is really up to them if they want to pick some of the harder repertoire that is on the group one list and start working through that on their own. Through the course of November, December, and January, I work with them if they need additional help.”

DelaCruz said she decided to try college-level music. She played the song ‘Morceau de Concours’ for state.

DelaCruz said, “I just thought that it would challenge my skills as a trumpet player, so I chose that song. It also sounded really dignified and really classical to me.”

At state, DelaCruz received an almost perfect score.

“I got a ten, so that got me a gold distinction award because a score between a nine and ten gets you the distinction medal, which is really cool. I didn’t expect to get that score,” said DelaCruz.

To prepare for this performance, DelaCruz admitted that she had to practice a lot.

“Other than practicing, I had to mentally prepare myself for state because I didn’t expect to make it there,” DelaCruz said.

DelaCruz decided to join band because her brother played the trumpet in band, which inspired her to play.

“She was just a natural since she started. She has always been a really hard worker, which I think is the quality we look for the most: somebody who is able to have that drive to pursue excellence outside of just our classroom,” said Blocker.

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